Sharron Angle Hits Campaign Jackpot, Craps Out On Sharia : It's All Politics Sharron Angle raised a huge $14 million in the 3rd quarter in her effort to beat Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader. But she came up empty on her claim that two U.S. jurisdictions were operating under Sharia law.
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Sharron Angle Hits Campaign Jackpot, Craps Out On Sharia

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Sharron Angle of Nevada.  Julie Jacobson/AP Photo hide caption

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Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee and Tea Party favorite trying to unseat Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, raised $14 million, an impressive amount of cash in the three months that ended in September, reports The Fix blog.

The Fix's Chris Cilizza reports that a senior Angle aide viewed Angle's money-raising success as a repudiation of anything having to do with Democrats.

An excerpt:

"Sharron Angle produced one of the most successful single quarters of fundraising in the nation's history for a U.S. Senate campaign," said Angle communications director Jarrod Agen. "This is a testament to the hatred of Harry Reid, the nation's disapproval of President Obama, and the unprecedented grassroots support for Sharron Angle."

But it hasn't all been good news lately for Sharron Angle. CNN recently reported that a charge Angle made at a rally that two U.S. jurisdictions, Frankford, Tex. and Dearborn, Mich. were operating under Islamic Sharia law was flat-out wrong.

In an audio recording the Washington Post obtained, Angle told her audience:

“We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States.”

One significant problem is that none of that is true. Indeed, Frankford, Tex. actually doesn't exist since all that's left of it after Dallas annexed it is a small country church and cemetery, as CNN found.

And Dearborn, Mich. is definitely not operating under Sharia law, last time the mayor checked.

Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly Jr. wrote her a letter which included these lines:

“I am deeply distressed that you have been misled about our community and the way that we conduct our affairs... I would like to note that Arab-Americans practice religions other than Islam and the Chaldean and Lebanese cultures in our area represent a substantial number of Christians.”