March 30th, 2010
08:03 PM ET
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Tea Party candidate might face felony charge

At the Tea Party gathering Saturday in Searchlight, Nevada, organizers publicly denounced Scott Ashjian from the stage and called on attendees not to cast a vote for him.
At the Tea Party gathering Saturday in Searchlight, Nevada, organizers publicly denounced Scott Ashjian from the stage and called on attendees not to cast a vote for him.

(CNN) - He's new to politics and learning fast just how rough a sport it can be.

Scott Ashjian, the Tea Party candidate running for Senate in Nevada, could soon face a felony charge.

He's accused of writing a bad check for $5000 through his asphalt business. The Clark County District Attorney has filed paperwork requesting Ashjian's arrest, but is still awaiting a signature from a judge.

A spokesperson for the DA's office tells CNN these types of cases are often dismissed without charges if the debt is paid. So far, no word on whether Ashjian plans to settle up for the alleged debt.

That's not all.

The Nevada businessman-turned-candidate is also under fire from Tea Party organizations who have crafted an ad telling Ashjian to "get lost."

The groups insist Ashjian is a pretender who's only running in order to siphon votes from conservatives.

At the Tea Party gathering Saturday in Searchlight, Nevada, organizers publicly denounced Ashjian from the stage and called on attendees not to cast a vote for him.

And that's not the end of Ashjian's political troubles.

Tim Fasano, who's running for Senate as the Independent American Party candidate, has filed a lawsuit seeking to disqualify Ashjian from the ballot. Fasano argues Ashjian was not a member of the Tea Party when he filled out paperwork to run for office and therefore isn't legally entitled to run.

Fasano told CNN, "Mr. Ashjian apparently doesn't believe he needs to follow the rules."

And Fasano accused Ashjian of trying "to usurp the Tea Party's good name" to "run for the Senate as a Trojan horse to bleed off conservative votes."

Over the weekend Ashjian told CNN he will fight the legal battle to stay on the ballot explaining, "I fully plan to defend my right to run for office."

He insisted, "I did nothing improper in my declaration of candidacy and have every faith the court will reach that conclusion."

Ashjian has not responded to CNN's request for comment regarding the latest news of possible felony charges.


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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. David

    It so difficult to determine who is both sincere AND sane in the Tea Party community.

    March 30, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Wow! Major scoop CNN!

    March 30, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. Palin/Bachmann 2012

    Them evil liberals will try anything!

    March 31, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  4. RacistObama

    This article is a classic example of liberal bias inj media,they will run with any story to make Tea Partiers look bad even if it's a dishonest accusation of black dem politicians saying they were called racial names despite having lots of cameras and recorders there with no one catching anything on any of them. Even Jesse Jackson Jr had a cell phone in each hand hoping to record something he could use for political gain to no avail. But in typical dem fashion,they divide us along racial lines for political gain

    March 31, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  5. Dean in PA

    Typical Repugnicant. talks the talk, doesn't walk the walk. Nothing but a bunch of holier-than-thou hypocrites. Business as usual.

    March 31, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  6. Mike

    No problem. Just put a 'D' after your name and uhbama will find a place for him on his staff, along with the rest of the crooks he has on our payroll.

    March 31, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  7. John

    Tea Party. What a bunch of rubes.

    Let's be real about this: The Tea Parrots will briefly serve as useful idiots for the GOP (who, by the way, show little intention of ever enacting the Tea Parrot agenda) before fading into an amusing historical footnote.

    Just like Jesse Ventura and the "Reform Party." Remember them?

    March 31, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  8. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Amusing... A hypocritic pretend party that kisses up to republicans (you're naive if you think their 'conservative' comment is a code for anything but that) gets upset because somebody else pretends to be one of them... a hypocritic pretend candidate? Didn't they recognize him as their deity?

    March 31, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  9. Peter E

    Tea Party's good name? What good name? The Tea Party is full of a bunch of uneducated hypocrites who think they're entitled to not pay their dues to the society that gave them their jobs, their possessions, their freedoms, their security. All things borrowed for them by their fathers and grandfathers through the national debt. Oh, but if their fathers didn't pay what you should they? Or why should their children? Let's delay paying back the economy we borrowed on deficit spending from the past century for yet another century! Let's have a tax break for ourselves AND our children! Screw future generations! We want to borrow more tax breaks!

    March 31, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. Fred May SR.

    This artical goes to show you don't have to be honest to be in politics.
    Scott Ashjian has not at this point in time come up with $ 5000 he needs to clear the bad check he wrote.

    THE WAY OF POLITICS IS STILL ALIVE AND DOING WELL

    March 31, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. True American

    "The groups insist Ashjian is a pretender who's only running in order to siphon votes from conservatives...."

    Too funny. What else ARE the tea partiers if not pretenders looking to siphon votes from conservatives?!

    If any of these clowns actually gets elected to something, they wouldn't know what the heck to do...unless they take an example from their leading lady and quit once it becomes too much work or personally convenient.

    What a bunch of hypocrites.

    March 31, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  12. mike brown

    He is obviously not a tea party candidate and I think your headline is deceiving. I would love to see is CNN gives any positive news to the tea party since they are only represent the will of most of the people. Obviously, the ones who got free health care aren't represented by the tea parties.

    March 31, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
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