Friday, March 16, 2012 | 10:51 a.m.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle will not run for elected office this year, and will instead produce a documentary on voter fraud and election tampering.
The Reno Republican's announcement on her website brings a sigh of relief to the Republican establishment, who worried that she'd be a formidable primary candidate for state Senate against incumbent Sen. Greg Brower. Or she would pick another office to run for that would allow Democrats to cast her as the face of the GOP.
Angle, a former assemblywoman, is best known for winning the Republican nomination to run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010. She lost that race by 41,000 votes but parlayed the national attention she garnered in the race to an active role in the Tea Party wing of GOP politics.
In a video on her website, she said she will produce a documentary called "Voter Fraud: America's Silent Epidemic" to "expose this underground problem."
"Over the past 18 months, I've become keenly aware of an epidemic that has swept our nation, eating away at the very fabric of our freedom," she said.
She asks for donations, that, she notes, are tax deductable.
Election officials have repeatedly and loudly said that widespread voter fraud is a myth, but Angle anticipated that a newspaper would report that.
"The progressives in the media would like us to believe that voter fraud or election tampering either do not exist or represent such a small portion of our election process we should just sweep them under the run," she said. But speaking to voters across the country, she said many people believe their votes don't matter.
This is the first time since 1996 that Angle will not be running for office. She served in the Assembly from 1997 to 2007 and then unsuccessfully challenged state Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, in 2008.