Offbeat Nevada Candidate Could Swing Reid-Angle Joust to Reid

Tuesday, 28 Sep 2010 11:31 AM

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A new angle in the Nevada U.S. Senate race just may give Majority Leader Harry Reid the winning hand come Election Day. Obviously, it’s not Republican Sharron Angle, the tea party fave who has been giving the beleaguered Democrat Reid a run for his money in what is arguably the most-watched Senate race in the country. Rather, the wild card could be Scott Ashjian, a flashy, pistol-packin’ Vegas type and political unknown who had the moxie to get himself onto the ballot as the official candidate of the Tea Party of Nevada, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Scott Ashjian, Nevada, Reid, Angle, SenateTea partyers are not amused; they are so disdainful, in fact, two suits are in the legal hopper to get Ashjian ejected from the ballot. Their efforts have been frustrated so far, but they’re not giving up, as the challenges are headed for the Wide Open State’s Supreme Court.

The brouhaha has Republicans worried, with polls showing Reid and Angle in a statistical tie, and Ashjian pulling a 5 percent that observers in both parties figure could derail the bid of former state Assemblywoman Angle.

The two lawsuits push for disqualifying the 46-year-old Ashjian over alleged technical violations, but the undercurrent is he’s a tea partyer in name only.

"The guy is a huckster, he's a slimeball," the Journal quotes former Nevada GOP Executive Director Chuck Muth as saying.

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