March 30th, 2010
08:03 PM ET
8 years ago

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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  1. Andrew

    The holier than thou group at it again – LOL.

    March 30, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. annie against biased news

    I'm a Tea Party Movement supporter but you break a law you should be tried and if found guilty you pay the penalty. Can you hear that rangel and timmy tax cheat? Can you hear that dodd, frank and all of you corrupt politicians? Just like with the government rationed health care you cram it down the throats of WE THE PEOPLE but it's not good enough for the politicians – now that's a scary thought.

    March 30, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Peter

    if the teapartiers had any sense they would realize that pre-existing conditions or diseases have no party affiliations! there is no single parent in America who would want their child condemned to a life of no-health coverage because they are born with diabetes or cancer or any pre–existing condition...My dear Republicans please stop voting against your interests and pocket...stop shooting yourself in the foot! The Republicans only care about party not YOU!!! for them its Party last!!! Join true Americans and flush the Republicans out of power they had 8 years to help you and did nothing for you instead they enriched their buddies the 2% of this country(the only % who taxes are going up for the record, not yours)....unless you are a member of the top 2% in this country vote the Republicans out this November! Why is it that under any Democrat Americas Middle class thirives??? Why? Why? why? Help America vote the party of do-nothing Republicans out this November!!!

    March 30, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure the Tea Party glady accepted his $5000 hot check to help pay for their on the road expenditures, like gas, food, paper for signs and crayons to write their nasty posters.

    March 30, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. Nick; Fairfield CA

    "And Fasano accused Ashjian of trying 'to usurp the Tea Party's good name' "

    I'm sorry, what good name? All I've seen coming out of the "Tea Party" is hate-filled rhetoric and violence.

    March 30, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    pay back the money and giv'em probation!

    March 30, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. DFT

    Maybe his sponsor, Harry (the crapshooter) Reid, can bail himout? I would bet 3,000% in Austrian Shillings acceptable in all 57 States, he will.

    March 30, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. JonDie

    Crook. No wonder he's anti-government.

    March 30, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Gil Oberdas

    So typical of the hypocrite selfish right wing nut cases that call themselves teabuggers!

    March 30, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. regularguy

    And CNN is engaging in similar trolling for left wing candidates who have similar issues? NOT

    I guess that CNN is just displaying its colors once again. What was the motivation behind this? Simply attempting to debase the tea party movement. Good luck – it will not work

    March 30, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Ann

    This sort of behavior is seen as an asset and prerequisite for the Republican party.

    March 30, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Dan

    If you believe this guy is "Tea Party" rather than a Harry Reid implant, I have a bridge to sell you!

    March 30, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Gpenn

    Another TeaParty disaster.

    March 30, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. Mark

    Interesting how the populace reflects it's leadership. Our country writes checks all day long it can't cash to the tune of billions. But the feds have borrowing and money printing facilities to cover up their sins.

    I'm not sure why the article is titled Tea Party candidate since they clearly disowned him for his transgressions. Former or EX Tea Party candidate would be correct.

    I sure hope CNN isn't playing editorial word games attempting to smear the Tea Party. It looks to me like the Nevada folks did the right thing and booted this guy.

    March 30, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Saxo Grammaticus

    Stands to reason that the angry, angry Tea Party folks don't even like each other very much.

    March 30, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Terry - Indiana

    This guy sort of sounds like "Joe the Plumber". I really cannot blame him, even though I know he is wrong. I recently thought, either take-up politics or become a televangelist. Either way, I would be paid millions by listless boobs, each seeking the rewards that come from buying favor from those on top. Come on folks, he sounds like a politician, cheats like a politician, elect this guy. Gosh, I love America!

    March 30, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Eddie B.

    I guess that he is one of the guys that needs a handout!!! Writing bad checks and you have the nerve to talk about anyone. Ridiculous and typical!!!

    March 30, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Seattle Voter

    And they blame everything to the Democrats.

    March 30, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Chad from Tampa

    At least he didn't stash thousands in his freezer, or forget to pay his taxes...

    March 30, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. ProfBill

    Doesn't look like Bubba and Billy Joe Bob III aren't going to "get it together" by November.......Surprise.....Surprise....

    March 30, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Hawk in Texas

    As i said these people are all nuts.

    March 30, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Paul H

    Wow! I mean really wow. If this guy does something good, or great would he get a headline as well. The Tea party is getting under the right peoples skin to get these kinds of headlines?
    What if a hard core left thinking person did the same thing would this very headline be picked up by the media? This is why middle America feels like there is a big disconnect from the average Joe and the Media in this country.
    Who cares that this guy is a Tea Party participant. He was wrong, and he needs to pay the price.

    March 30, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Luvinia Knight

    The tea party people talk a lot about their anger. What about the rest of us who feel just as much anger at what we perceive as "mindlessness".
    Anger at people who do not use their intelligence to figure things out but jump on any bandwagon to bring down people who do not feel as they do.

    March 30, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Michael from Ventura

    Oh Yeah--–This is the funniest news I've seen in awhile! Talk about KARMA!! These folks are great at yelling, distorting the truth and showing themselves as bigots......Now add FELONS to their resume! Ha!

    March 30, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. Larry Blom

    It's such fun watching the wingnuts sputter & fume at each other-all those clueless little minds in SUCH a froth!

    March 30, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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