March 30th, 2010
08:03 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Mickey, NY

    As part of this new "Hatriot" movement in this country, Ashjian needs to be made an example of: domestic terrorism will not be tolerated.

    March 30, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Eyes wide Open

    The Biased Reported gets more and more brazen and blatant.

    A person who routinely skims headlines thinks that a real Tea Party activist is a crook running for office, meanwhile the organization wants nothing to do with him.

    Yet, CNN is happy to help the Democrats with a loaded headline, a lot of innuendo and association because he says so, and CNN has him guilty as charged.

    March 30, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. CM

    'Tea Party's good name'?!!!

    March 30, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Anti Tea Party

    Yes put him in Jail ... he can enjoy the free housing and food and cloths paid for by Tax Payers.

    March 30, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Bill

    The "Tea Party" attracts weirdos. They are all trying to capitalize on the ignorant. So far Sarah Palin has made off with at least $100,000.

    None of this is surprising.

    March 30, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Ridgeway

    $5000? That's all? Try checks for billions Obama is writing. They're no good either. Crap, let's all write checks for stuff we can't afford.
    Is it my imagination or isn't that how we got into this financial mess? People spending money they didn't have? What's the difference?
    And by the way haven't there been a multiplicity of bad check writers in Congress? You betcha.

    March 30, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Richie

    Form circle, fire at will.

    March 30, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Average American

    I was unaware that the Tea Party was now an official political party. I thought they were a "grass roots movement". How does one not officially belong to a grass roots movement? If one needs to be accepted into the group to be official does that mean the people with racist signs, neo-nazi t-shirts, posters with Pres. Obama in a coffin, etc... are endorsed by the movement?

    March 30, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. DB

    It's not he candidate's fault, it's not the teaparty's fault, it's not the DA's fault, it's the asphault!

    March 30, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. OOOOOOO_man

    xxxxxxx...Quit referencing him as a Tea-Partier when he is not. Is CNN the only news agency who doesn't know he is not a real Tea Partier, but a Reid hoax. How come more pople get their news from Cartoon Network than from CNN?

    March 30, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  11. no_longer_dem

    remember, this guy is a 'false candidate' – not a true tea party member

    March 30, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Meka

    TEA PARTY itself, needs to receive a Felony Charge for "DESTRUCTION".

    March 30, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Rivers025

    Hahaha talk about promoting "fiscal responsibility."

    March 30, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Steve,NY

    He must be a plant. Democrats are devious in these these things. Remember the guy that showed up at a Obama health plan rally with a rifle. The Press made a big deal about it, later they quited it down when the Press found out that he was a Democrat. Remember the phone call that was made to the Texan Police about child abuse in the Mormon compound.
    Rumor is that it was a Democrat to discredit Romney. Howard Dean was afraid of Romney. Dean felt that Romney would beat Obama in the election. These are conspiracies that need to be proven and reported by the Press.

    March 30, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  15. KLS

    Welcome to the real world of dirty politics

    March 30, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  16. garc

    He went broke going to Voyeur with the other repugs-he didn't know the check would bounce.

    March 30, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. Tom in Wisconsin

    So...the "Tea Party" has a goal of insuring votes for the Republican Party? I thought the whole point of the "Tea Party" was that they were against the two-party system and held a common dislike for both parties? I thought they were specifically setup to NOT be a formal political party, but an ideological movement?

    Funny how that little taste of power can change people's minds. Suddenly the "against political parties" movement is just another puppet movement of the GOP. Typical.

    March 30, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. Tom Davis

    "Iceberg - Dead Ahead!"

    March 30, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. vwrtb

    Is this suppose to surprise me?

    March 30, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. Todd

    He needs to stay in the race and show then fedswhat tea baggin is all about!

    March 30, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. glenn Burton

    Muslim President facing felony charge by the people and for the people for going against the majority will of the American people. Per chance to dresm. Is CNN now trying to smear the Tea Party with stupid charges as headline news??

    March 30, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Our nation is divided and on the brink

    He's probably a Progressive in disguise – pretty poor disguise though!

    March 30, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. EM

    Good Lord, what a joke. Isn't he the poster boy for the Tea Party? He is, after all, a businessman. The epitome of Tea Party fundamentals - private enterprise.

    You're upset because one of your kind wrote a bad check? Du-uh. That's what private enterprise is all about: survival of the fittest, even if you have to lie, cheat and steal.

    Lying, cheating, taking shortcuts, stealing from customers and suppliers, doing the bare minimum, inefficiency, laziness, stupidity, selfishness, childishness, jealousy, and narcissism.

    Those are the tenets of private enterprise. And private enterprise is the essence of the Tea Party.

    March 30, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. Sensible Joe

    A member of a political trend that touts fiscal conservatism writing a bad check for money he does have... Now that's irony.

    March 30, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. nick

    Wait....the Tea Party has a "good" name?

    March 30, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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