First, my Live Tweets from his interview on Face to Face (then a few notes):
Vetting by Twitter? About to Tweet #teaparty of #NV US Senate candidate comments from @RalstonFlash’s Face to Face. I Tweet, You Decide.
#teaparty of #nv candidate Jon Scott Ashjian on deck. Not known or endorsed by Tea Party groups who ask: real deal, or agent of espionage?
Ashjian: “I’m a person that loves his country. I’m a patriot. I’m not a politician. I am running against Harry Reid, an enemy of the state”
Ashjian: “Harry Reid has done a bad job; it’s time to send him back to Searchlight” #teaparty #nv #reid
Ashjian: “We started this tea party w/ a conversation between family/friends and neighbors” but “movement has been co-opted by Republicans”
Ashjian: “There is only one real conservative person on this ticket, and that person is me” & “I have no ties to the Republican party”
Ashjian: “Tea Party movement is patriots from across the country” – “not about Ron Paul, or libertarian, or liberal, or democrat” #teaparty
Ashjian: “Sharon Angle is a good woman” “Sue Lowden represents big business” “Danny is a good family man” but “all beholden to Republicans”
Ashjian responding to Q about IRS liens, contractor’s board complaints, license suspension: “IRS thing on credit report, not true; (MORE)
many businesses experience issues with contractor’s board at 1 time or another” & “yes” to all issues will be cleared once vetted #teaparty
My impressions? Hard to have many from such a short interview, but here goes:
He carried himself well on TV for a first-timer. Calling himself a patriot (and not a politician) and Reid an “enemy of the state” right out of the box were probably planned/calculated remarks intended to establish his Tea Party credibility up front. Re: friends/family/neighbors being the impetus for the Party registration and his candidacy, I guess that’s how candidates always get started, so, fine.
I would have very much liked to hear why he thinks he is the “most conservative” candidate (I mean, how exactly does one get to the right of Sharron Angle?) as well as where he stands on all the major issues.
Re: his pending contractor’s board complaint issue and the IRS liens (which I did not know about), until more is known it is hard to say how significant they will be in the scheme of things.
To my Readers who are convinced that Ashjian is a Reid plant designed to pull votes from the GOP candidate: I am not convinced that this is so. I’ll keep digging around (as will other media types, I’m sure). Not to worry; the truth will come out either way.