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U.S. Senate Round-Up

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:11 pm June 3rd, 2010

In an effort to close out a few of my 27 open browser tabs on stories the U.S. Senate race, here is a quick round-up of U.S. Senate race items for your edification and enjoyment, Dear Readers:

– A Stephen Moore WSJ piece on Angle Anxiety within the GOP establishment.  Also mentions Norquistian (Americans for Tax Reform) issues with her vote against the 2005 property tax cap bill (but as @SteveSebelius Tweeted earlier, she voted against that because she thought it was unconstitutional).  And says liberals are cheering for Angle as Reid’s dream opponent.

A KOS poll showing Angle now in the lead and Harry beating, well, everyone.

– Mary Cheney’s new PAC (Send Harry Packing) is out with a Harry Reid hit ad.

– Talking Points Memo with a Future Looks Bright for Harry story.

– One of Scott Ashjian’s (remember him?) companies filed for bankruptcy yesterday due to an unpaid debt to Nevada National Bank for $750,000.

– A vet’s group does negative robocalls on Lowden for her (1995) “burial tax for veterans” bill authorizing non-combat veterans to pay ($100) for burial in a veterans’ cemetery.

The WaPo says Angle won’t say where she’s campaigning this week and asks if she’s doing it because she’s afraid she’ll say something to screw things up.

– David McGrath Schwartz explores Team Reid’s Bashfest.

– Tark tells ABC why he needs to be the one via criticism of Angle and Lowden.

Hat Tips to @SteveSebelius and @RalstonFlash for quite a few of these, via Twitter and/or their blogs.

Muth to Pay Legal Fees for Appeal to State Supreme Court in Ashjian Case

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:33 pm May 12th, 2010

Chuck Muth today said he will pay the legal fees needed to file an appeal to the Supreme Court over that lawsuit to disqualify Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian for not complying with Nevada’s election law.

Expect a press release from Muth with details sometime tomorrow.

You can read about the Ashjian decision and related election law controversy here.

Chuck Muth is President and CEO of Citizen Outreach which provides funding for the Nevada News Bureau.

Fasano of IAP to Take Ashjian Case to State Supreme Court

By Elizabeth Crum | 10:13 am April 21st, 2010

I’m being told that Tim Fasano, the Independent American Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, has decided to appeal his lawsuit (Fasano v Miller) challenging the candidacy of U.S. Senate candidate Scott Ashjian to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Fasano sued the Secretary of State to remove Ashjian because Ashjian did not switch his party registration from “Republican” to “Tea Party” until after he registered as the Tea Party of Nevada candidate.  The District Court ruled that Ashjian had substantially complied with election law and would stay on the ballot.

More details coming in a news brief we are working on now.

Update: See our news story on the front page.  Says Fasano was meeting with attorney Joel Hansen to make the final decision and that he would announce today or tomorrow.  Word is they need to raise money for the effort.

Nevada Election Law Needs More Clarity, Says Backer of 2008 Taxpayer Protection Act

By Sean Whaley | 7:35 pm April 16th, 2010

CARSON CITY – One of the major backers of a proposed 2008 measure aimed at raising the bar on tax increases said today a court ruling upholding the right of Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian to remain on the ballot shows the need for more clarity in state election law.

Steve Martin, a former state Controller who is now running for state Treasurer, filed the Nevada Taxpayer Protection Act ballot measure two years ago to require a two-thirds vote for any subsequent ballot measure that would raise taxes.

After gathering 130,000 signatures, far more than needed to qualify for the 2008 ballot, the measure was challenged based on technical issues regarding the signature gathering process. The Nevada Supreme Court knocked the measure off the ballot after finding the backers failed to “substantially comply” with state election law.

In the Tea Party of Nevada case, in which Ashjian was challenged by an Independent American Party candidate, the same issue of substantial compliance was raised. But in a decision handed down Thursday, Carson City District Judge James Russell found that Ashjian was “substantially compliant” when he filed as a Tea Party of Nevada candidate for U.S. Senate and then after the fact changed his voter registration from Republican to the Tea Party of Nevada.

“The irony is you’ve got one individual who wins on the issue of substantial compliance, while we had 130,000 signatures of Nevada registered voters and we were found not to be in substantial compliance,” Martin said. “What is the definition of substantial compliance?”

Martin said the courts need to clarify the meaning of substantial compliance so future ballot efforts are not derailed as happened in 2008, when the wishes of 130,000 registered voters who signed the Taxpayer Protection Act were deprived of their right to vote on the measure.

Robert Uithoven, a political consultant who worked on the 2008 proposed initiative, said the Nevada Supreme Court will have to remove Ashjian from the ballot if the case is appealed and justices are to remain consistent with past decisions requiring strict adherence to the letter of the law.

“The will of the people and substantial compliance was clearly and overwhelmingly demonstrated in the case involving the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2008, though the Nevada Supreme Court ruled against both – essentially citing letter of the law,” said Uithoven, now the campaign manager for Sue Lowden’s U.S. Senate campaign.

“In the case of Ashjian, if appealed to the high court, the elected justices will either remain consistent with their previous rulings or give the voting public the most controversial ruling since the infamous 2003 ruling in Guinn vs. Legislature.”

Las Vegas attorney Joel Hansen, who represented IAP U.S. Senate candidate Tim Fasano in his challenge of Ashjian, said he has yet to hear from his client on whether an appeal will be made to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Fasano today said he was just getting a chance to read Russell’s brief order before deciding whether to appeal.

Hansen said Russell’s ruling appears to be “out of line” with other Nevada court decisions regarding compliance with state election law.

Martin said he would like to see the Tea Party of Nevada case appealed to give the Supreme Court a chance to clarify the meaning of the term to help future ballot initiative efforts.

“I don’t think politics are involved,” Martin said. “I hope they take it to the Supreme Court so we can get some kind of ruling on what substantial compliance means.”

Mason Dixon #s on US Senate Race

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:54 pm April 11th, 2010

News Flash:  Sue Lowden is still the GOP candidate most likely to win a chance to take down the most powerful Senator in the land.  Even with the “Tea Party” candidate on the ballot.  So says the latest poll at the LVRJ.  Some snippets:

– Reid’s unfavorables are at 56% and just four out of 10 voters say they’d pull the lever for him.

– BUT:  Reid will have around $25M to spend on winning hearts and minds.

– If the GOP primary election were held today, survey says:

■ Lowden would win 45%

■ Tarkanian, 27%

■ Angle, 5%

■ Christensen, 4%

■ Chachas, 3%

– 16% were undecided and the other seven (!!) GOP hopefuls didn’t register on the radar

– In the general election match-up with three named candidates — including Scott Ashjian, Tea Party of Nevada candidate — the poll showed:

■ Lowden would win with 46%, Reid would get 38%, and Ashjian would get 5% — with 11% undecided

So…if the Undecideds were to split three ways and somewhat evenly, or split evenly between Reid and Ashjian, Lowden still has the edge.  Reid would have to win virtually all the Undecideds to pull it off.

■ Tarkanian v. Reid: each would get 39% with Ashjian picking up 11% (and that same 11% is undecided)

On Ashjian:

– 1% had a favorable opinion of him, 13% had an unfavorable opinion, 27% were neutral, and 59% didn’t recognize his name.

Sampling info:  The statewide telephone poll questioned 625 registered voters who said they vote regularly in state elections. It has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points. For the GOP primary survey, pollsters questioned 300 Republicans, and the results had a 6 percentage point margin of error.

From the RJ story:

The Reid campaign also contends the Mason-Dixon poll isn’t a true ballot test because it doesn’t include the full general election slate of eight candidates, including the Democratic senator who faces little-known primary opposition, the GOP nominee, several nonpartisan candidates and one each from the Independent American Party and the Tea Party of Nevada, and “none of these candidates.”

Also, the Reid campaign insists that once a Republican nominee is chosen, the senator will be able to make a case for why voters should send him back to Washington for a fifth Senate term instead of a freshman Republican lawmaker whose record and positions Reid is prepared to pick apart.

Yep.  If Reid can use that $25M to make gains and the vote splits enough different ways and in the right proportions on November 2nd, he could still pull it off.  He knows it; we all know it.

Also from the RJ piece:

Tarkanian’s campaign credited Lowden’s early, six-figure TV ad campaign for putting her ahead of the GOP pack, and is counting on a late surge with stepped up TV and radio ads for a comeback. He’s launching a new TV ad Monday, featuring supporters talking about the leadership style of the real estate businessman and former University of Nevada, Las Vegas basketball star, his campaign said.

“We have not gone into full campaign mode with advertising,” said Jamie Fisfis, a consultant for Tarkanian who said his internal polling shows his client doing well. “Obviously we expect things to change. Our goal is to be ahead on June 8 not April 8.”

Sure, sure.  But 18 points in 8 weeks…?

We can definitely expect to see plenty of Lowden-bashing from both the Reid and Tarkanian camps in the next two months.

New York Times Looks at Tea Party, Grassroots vs. Reid in Nevada

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:27 pm April 5th, 2010

“Tea Party Groups Make Harry Reid Target #1″ says the headline of this piece in the NYT. A few excerpts, the first about Tea Party activist-organizer Eric Odom who recently moved to Nevada to set up his Defeat Reid HQ:

But come the midterm elections, what may be more significant is what is happening here, in a dark condominium where the Home Depot tags are still on the lawn chairs that double as indoor seating for guests.

The blinds drawn against the desert sun, this is the new burrow of Eric Odom, a chief organizer of the first nationwide Tea Parties last year. Mr. Odom moved here a few weeks ago with his fiancée and a blogger sidekick to mobilize the state’s Tea Party groups for the midterms. By training activists in get-out-the-vote tactics like the “voter bombs” that helped Scott Brown become the new Republican senator from Massachusetts, they are hoping to unseat Nevada’s senior senator and the Democratic leader, Harry Reid.

In a matter of weeks, this state has become ground zero for Tea Party members, who understand that as a symbol of the movement’s power, you cannot get much bigger than beating the Senate’s top Democrat.

Yep. A Reid defeat would be a big, fluffy feather-in-cap for both national and Nevada Tea Partiers. So various groups are doing their grassrootsy thing, including the Tea Party Express which kicked off its third cross-country bus tour last weekend in Searchlight. Their parent organization, Our Country Deserves Better PAC, spent $350K in the last few weeks of Massachusetts Miracle Brown’s campaign, and they have vowed to target the Reid race in much the same way.

The NYT piece says with 12 candidates in the GOP primary, none seem to (yet) be attracting a majority of Tea Party support (true, I think) and also references the potential wrench-in-the-wheels that is Scott Ashjian, who filed last month to run as the candidate of the Tea Party of Nevada:

“He took advantage of a situation and efforts made by other people,” said Debbie Landis, the leader of Anger Is Brewing, a Nevada Tea Party group. “He underestimated the Tea Party. We’re not going to pull a lever that says ‘Tea Party’ just because it’s the buzzword of the day.”

Maybe not. But with four independent candidates and two minor-party candidates also in the running, Tea Party leaders fear splitting the anti-Reid vote.

A poll by the Las Vegas Review Journal in February, before Mr. Ashjian filed as a candidate, showed a generic Tea Party candidate winning 18 percent of the vote, leaving the unspecified Republican nominee with 32 percent and Mr. Reid with 36 percent.

About 20 Tea Party leaders in the state have signed a letter saying that they do not endorse Mr. Ashjian and that they would not call anyone the “Tea Party candidate” anymore — the preferred term is now “grass roots.”

Mr. Odom, a former Republican consultant, also set about trying to get rid of Mr. Ashjian within a week of moving here from Chicago. He bought the rights to www.ashjian4senate.com, which now redirects visitors to a Web site accusing the candidate of abusing “the Tea Party brand.”

“He forgot to buy the domain name,” Mr. Odom said, wearing a Chicago Cubs cap as he sat in front of the computer terminals he uses to update a growing library of anti-Reid blogs and Web sites. “It’s campaign 101.”

Ashjian’s got problems that extend beyond Odom, too.  Anger is Brewing recently joined the Independent American Party in filing a lawsuit to remove Ashjian from the ballot. And last week, the Clark County district attorney’s office filed felony charges against him for bouncing a $5,000 check. (Restitution was made and the charges were subsequently dismissed. But in the meantime, Ashjian was all over the news. And not in a good way.)

The thing is, as the NYT article says, the Tea Party movement generally rejects attempts at centralization. Most Tea Party activist-organizers dismiss the notion of a new political party as a way to achieve their ends.  Instead, they are trying to work within the grassroots and/or existing party structures as party officers, committee members or get-out-the-vote and precint leaders.

Meanwhile, Nevada movement Tea Partiers against the Nevada Tea Party party are worried:  If Ashjian stays on the ballot, will voters pull the lever for him just because the words “Tea Party” are typed next to his name?

They hope not, while Harry Reid dreams…

About That Ashjian Arrest Warrant: Deputy DA Sets Record Straight

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:19 pm April 4th, 2010

Here’s another update from Deputy DA Bernie Zadrowski, this time on the issue of that arrest warrant that was reported to have been issued for Ashjian by a number of Nevada media outlets last week. Ashjian’s Friday press release said a warrant was never issued and that the media accounts saying otherwise were “inaccurate” and “defamatory.”  From Zadrowski:

A warrant for Ashjian was requested by our office. We requested a warrant for his arrest on 1 count of D&P Checks and 1 count of Theft. The judge was scheduled to sign the arrest warrant on or about Wednesday the 31st or Thursday April 1st.

However, Ashjian’s lawyer contacted me on Wednesday and said Ashjian wished simply to pay the full amount of restitution. I agreed to accept it. With bad checks, it is the common practice of the Bad Check Unit to agree to dismiss criminal charges if the defendant is willing to pay all of the fees, costs, and restitution.

We did not treat Ashjian any differently than we treat any other bad check case.

There was no special treatment and no extra attention given to this matter because Ashjian was a politician.

And:

When the cashier’s check for restitution was sent to our office on Wednesday or Thursday (I don’t remember exactly) I subsequently wrote a motion to recall the arrest warrant and dismiss the case, and then filed the motion. The judge agreed to forego signing the arrest warrant and granted the State’s motion to dismiss the case.

While it was technically inaccurate to say that an arrest warrant was issued for Ashjian, it is accurate to say the affidavit in support of the warrant and warrant request was sent to the court.  This occurred once the State had filed the criminal complaint in justice court. But for the State agreeing to put the case on calendar to recall and dismiss, the signing and issuing of the warrant would have happened on Thursday April 1st.

So no warrant was issued, as Ashjian said, but one was in process as part of the criminal proceeding against him.  Does the inaccurate reporting rise to the level of “defamation” as Ashjian claimed in his press release?

Not an attorney, so don’t know.  We’ll see if Ashjian actually moves forward with a complaint…

Deputy DA in Bad Check Unit Says Ashjian Prosecution Was Warranted, $5,000 Check Did “Bounce”

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:23 am April 4th, 2010

You may recall that on Friday afternoon, Tea Party of Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Scott Ashjian put out a four page press release saying he had filed a Bar complaint against Deputy DA Bernie Zadrowski for wrongly pursuing bad check charges against him.  Ashjian claimed the $5,000 “bounced check” reported by the media and at issue with the Bad Check Unit was in fact a stopped payment to a contractor he had discovered was not legal to do business in the state.

I talked about this on Channel 13 Friday evening, and we’ll have that video up shortly, but in the meantime Deputy DA Bernie Zadrowski, who heads up the Bad Check Unit, last night emailed me with comments re: the Ashjian matter:

With regard to Ashjian’s claim that he put a stop payment on the check, and that the matter therefore should not have been prosecuted, this is both factually incorrect and an incorrect assessment of the law.

The facts are very simple. The check in question bounced, and then AFTER it had already been returned unpaid to the victim on December 10, 2009, the defendant put a stop payment on the check, on December 11, 2009. These are verifiable facts that were known by the bad check unit when we pursued the case.

Yes, Ashjian provided a copy of the “stop payment” paperwork to our office, but what he failed to advise the media via his press release was that the check had already “bounced” when he processed the “stop payment.”

And:

As you may or may not know, victims of bad checks bring bad checks directly to the bad check unit for prosecution. They initiate the prosecution by providing the necessary documents that prove the case, and if there is probable cause found in those documents that a crime was committed, we file the case.

And:

In addition, check fraud allegations had been previously brought to our office by Ashjian’s previous bank in a check kiting scheme. Ashjian also avoided prosecution at that time by paying the restitution before charges were brought.

To suggest that anyone with a political axe to grind, namely me, has targeted Ashjian for his politics is simply not true. The only person who targeted him was the victim in the case. It was the victim’s efforts that caused this prosecution.

And:

As for the “complaints” Ashjian has claimed he will file, anyone can file complaints, meritorious or not. I’m not concerned one iota about a claim of improper prosecution. I have both the law and the facts on my side. I also have the fact that Ashjian ponied up the $5,575.00 in restitution, rather than allow a public trial on the facts as they occurred. This, after he had also done so previously in another case.

Personally, I welcome the scrutiny, as it will show that my office acted properly every step of the way.

As for the other matters mentioned in Ashjian’s press release, we’ll have to see if they, too, are short on facts, as Zadrowski says is the case with this $5,000 bounced check.  Stay tuned for updates.

Wowza: US Senate Candidate Scott Ashjian Files Pubic Integrity Unit and Bar Complaint Against Deputy DA Bernie Zadrowski, Says Media “Defamed” Him, Tells FBI His Famliy Subject to “Numerous Threats,” Wants Feds to Probe “Voter Intimdiation, Defamation and Extortion”

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:07 pm April 2nd, 2010

What a fun headline. The fallout from this may not be so fun, though, if any of Ashjian’s claims and complaints are proven out.

As Flashed by Ralston just now:

In one of the more amazing news releases I have seen in a political campaign, Tea Party of Nevada U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Ashjian says he has filed a bar complaint against Deputy DA Bernie Zadrowski, a former Clark County GOP chairman, saying he wrongly went after him on false bad check charges. Ashjian also said news outlets that reported an arrest warrant was issued defamed him and he also said he has gone to the FBI to report “numerous threats” against himself, his family and TPN members. He wants the feds to probe “voter intimdiation, defamation and extortion.”

And this: “I consider this entire affair (the bad check charges) to be part of a wider effort to discredit my candidacy and the Tea Party of Nevada, to the detriment of a fair and open elections process.”

Wow.

This will cement in the minds of some folks that Ashjian is a kook. But if he can prove what he says, watch out.

Here is the release (compliments of Ralston’s blog):  ashjian_release_Apr_2

Among other things, Ashjian says the $5,000 “bounced check” reported by the media was in fact a stopped payment to a contractor he discovered was not legal to do business in the state.

Says, also, he intends to “vigorously defend my right to run for office despite the threats, false charges, political retaliation and attempts to challenge my candidacy.”

I Think We Can All Stop Talking About “Tea Party of Nevada” Jon Scott Ashjian Now (Updated on 3/29/10)

By Elizabeth Crum | 5:04 pm March 26th, 2010

Well, it sure has been fun to follow this whole story — conspiracy theories and Tea Party disavowals and political talk shows and all — but there was never nearly enough evidence to seriously suspect Scott Ashjian was a pawn in some Machiavellian plot to milk votes from the GOP and get Harry Reid re-elected, and now there is plenty of evidence to the contrary:

Ashjian lost his contractor’s license last Wednesday due to passing a bad check to a supplier from his now out-of-business asphalt company, is facing pending foreclosure on a number of home mortgages as well as a $200K IRS and other liens…and now faces a felony indictment for bouncing a $5,000 business check last year (as reported by the AP).

Ashjian could face up to 14 years in state prison if convicted, although I imagine they’ll give him a chance to make good on the debt assuming he has no priors.

I’d joke that he could try to shoot for a Senate seat again when he gets out of the slammer, but a felony conviction would prohibit him from running for office.

Even if the charges don’t stick, this guy has so much baggage that he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Searchlight of winning anything except maybe a–

No, never mind. Anything I would say there would be very funny but also kinda mean, and I don’t like to kick a man (too hard) when he’s down.

I wish Mr. Ashjian the best with his troubles, but as they say when you’re all done flying the friendly skies:

Buh-bye now.

Update (Monday 4:32 p.m.): Clarification:  As I said on KTNV (Channel 13) today in comments to air in the 5:00 hour, IF Ashjian should avoid conviction, stay in the race and gain some traction there IS still a teeny-weeny chance he could siphon enough votes from the GOP candidate to influence November’s election results — IF the gap between Harry Reid and his GOP opponent closes to small single-digits.  Ashjian’s slim chances are getting slimmer with each passing day, but if he stays out of prison it’s not (yet) beyond the realm of possibility that his candidacy could still be an issue.  Much will hinge on the outcome of this felony arrest/indictment — and if he can escape that, then:  on how many “hearts and minds” he can win ‘twixt now and election day.

To my little eye, it ain’t lookin’ too good for him — which means all the GOP candidates can breathe a little easier.

Update (Saturday 4/3/10): Just in case you are reading this post for the first time and have not yet read this more recent post about Ashjian, it turns out he did not “bounce” but instead stopped payment on that $5,000 check (he says when he found out the contractor to whom it had been sent was not licensed to do business in the state of Nevada). And he is mightily miffed that the the Deputy DA at the Bad Check Division said otherwise. And that the media reported last week an arrest warrant had been issued for him. And that the entire world is conspiring to ruin him. Go read that more recent post for all the details. It’s quite something.

Court Date Set for IAP Challenge of Tea Party of Nevada Candidate Scott Ashjian

By Elizabeth Crum | 10:33 am March 26th, 2010

The Independent American Party (IAP) says the hearing in the challenge of “Tea Party of Nevada” candidate Scott Ashjian has been set for Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 9:30 am in the First District Court, Dept. 1 with Judge Russell.

(How fitting: the hearing is the day before Tax Day, which is sort of like the reverse official national holiday of the Tea Party movement.)

Joel Hansen will be serving as the attorney in the challenge brought by IAP U.S. Senate candidate Tim Fasano, who originally brought the challenge pro se.

Will post a copy of that lawsuit here shortly for your convenience, Dear Readers.

Update (3:o6 PM): Here is the filed/stamped copy of the lawsuit that was filed on Monday:  IAP_v_TeaParty_Suit

Tea Party of Nevada Senate Candidate Scott Ashjian Says He Attended Las Vegas Tea Party Last Spring

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:19 pm March 25th, 2010

As Flashed by Ralston right after his show tonight:

Despite assertions by local and national Tea Partiers that he was never at any events, Tea Party of Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Scott Ashjian said tonight on “Face to Face” that he has evidence he attended Tea Party events. He said on April 15 of last year, he attended a rally at Sunset Park and sent pictures to the Los Anegles Times. He said he took the Tea Party name because he was inspired by the rallies across the country. He is going to the Showdown in Searchlight and has agreed to let CNN shadow him. Ashjian also accused, without evidence, the Gibbons Administration of a political hit by taking his contractor’s license this week.

“The Tea Party leader in Nevada is me,” said Ashjian to Ralston a few minutes into the interview.

He said he was inspired to engage in politics by his attendance at the Tea Party rally in Las Vegas last April 15, and re: the unfair/untrue comments about him, Ashjian said, “I think they should be cautious about the things that they say.”

Re: the IAP legal challenge, “I think it’s hypocritical.”

Re: his credibility, business problems, loss of contractor’s license this week and his $200K IRS lien, he said the IRS thing will be straightened out and…yeah, he did…that the contractor’s board sanctions must be political because the contractor’s board is appointed by Gibbons and stacked with Republicans.

(Except that the contractor’s board complaint existed long before Ashjian ever decided to run for office.  See details on that in the first post I ever wrote about him.)

Also from the show tonight:

Mark Williams of the Tea Party Express responded to Ralston’s intro of him as a “Tea Party leader” by asking, “How can you be the leader of an idea…?”  And made various comments about how no one has ever seen/heard of Ashjian before recent weeks.  And floated the idea that Ashjian is in the race for gain and might be writing a book (or maybe should be) in order to pay off all his debts.

And Tim Fasano, an Independent American Party (IAP) candidate, took questions about the Tea Party, Ashjian and why the IAP is a third party trying to use legal technicalities against another third party.  And answered questions about…questionable items on his website and blog.

Earlier this week Janine Hansen of the IAP was on Ralston’s show as well.  She said Ashjian is trying to “usurp” the Tea Party name and that the IAP’s legal objection is that his declaration of candidacy was filed before he had registered as a member of his party (which is backwards according to NRS).

Eric Odom, of the Patriot Caucus and American Liberty Alliance, appeared on Face to Face on Tuesday and said about Ashjian, “I think he’s disingenuous, dishonest and it’s very clear…even in the statement you read earlier, he said “they,” so he sees the whole Tea Party movement and all of us activists as some other entity that he is not a part of, and I think that represents the problem here.”

Not a lot of friends to be found for Ashjian, it seems.

Tea Party Express Releases Ad Denouncing Candidate Jon Scott Ashjian, Says “Get Lost”

By Elizabeth Crum | 11:11 am March 25th, 2010

The promised ad is up on YouTube.  Calls “Tea Party of Nevada” Ashjian a “fraud” and asks voters to reject his candidacy.

“Major” Tea Party Express Announcement re: Tea Party of Nevada Candidate Scott Ashjian

By Elizabeth Crum | 12:57 pm March 24th, 2010

A source at the Tea Party Express (TPE) tells me the “major announcement” regarding Tea Party of Nevada candidate Jon Scott Ashjian is…

…that TPE is releasing a video ad – tomorrow morning on their YouTube and Facebook page (for starters) – which will serve as TPE’s official statement of position re: Ashjian’s candidacy.

(yawn)

I’ll be getting a sneak peek at the video at some point.  Will report.

Independent American Party Files “Challenge of Qualification” of Tea Party Candidate Scott Ashjian

By Elizabeth Crum | 1:13 pm March 22nd, 2010

Press release on the Ashjian complaint, filed by the IAP, just out:

Independent American Party

186 Ryndon Unit 12, Elko, Nevada 89801, 775-397-6859

State Chairman John Wagner 775-883-2752, Vice Chairman Floyd Fitzgibbons 702-873-1315

Executive Director Janine Hansen 775-397-6859

March 22, 2010,

Media Advisory for Immediate Release:

Ashjian’s Qualifications as a Candidate for U.S. Senate Challenged

Tim Fasano, the Independent American Party candidate for U.S. Senate, will file a “Challenge of Qualification” of the so-called “Tea Party” candidate Scott Ashjian for U.S. Senate, this afternoon in the First Judicial District Court in Carson City.

Joining Fasano in the challenge is Debbie Landis the President of Anger Is Brewing, the local grassroots affiliate of the National Tea Party movement.

The challenge is being filed under NRS 293.174. Ashjian signed his “Declaration of Candidacy” on March 1, 2010 claiming to be a member of the so-called “Tea Party”. He did not register to vote as a member of the so-called “Tea Party” until the next day, March 2, 2010. This presents a clear violation of the oath he swore on his “Declaration of Candidacy” and makes his candidacy subject to challenge on his qualifications.

For More Information Contact:

Tim Fasano: 775-737-8941

Debbie Landis 775-530-2694

John Wagner 775-883-2752

Janine Hansen 775-397-6859

Will post the complaint as soon as I can get a copy.