News has been slow coming out that a Harry Reid staffer pulled off the kind of stock market trick that would make Gordon Gecko come out of retirement for a sequel, doubling an investment in part on the results of legislation that was already moving through Congress. (And leave it to a retiring Member of Congress, Brian Baird, to actually file a bill that holds Congress and their staffers to the same standards they have set for those evil Wall Street speculators.)
But as dumb as it was to pull such a stunt, Reid’s opponent Sharron Angle is keeping wisely mum. Politico chalks it up to a “don’t trust media” strategy, but what could Angle gain from blasting Reid.
As Reid’s opponent, Angle is just about the worst person to criticize him – she’s a vested interest. If the media carries the torch on the story, Angle is best to stay out of the way – and if they don’t, the NRSC’s independent expenditure division will likely jump on the story if there’s any political hay to be made.
Why should Angle sling the mud if others are willing to do the dirty work?