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. Anonymous

    not the teaparty see God dont like ugly

    March 30, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. A good Citizen

    GOP=Tea Party full of hatred. Good luck!!!

    March 30, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. human being

    good,go to jail take that numnut Palin with you.

    March 30, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. malclave

    I notice that the front page links to this by identifying the individual as a "Tea Partier". Has there been anything to actually link him with the protests, or is CNN just displaying its lack of anythign approaching journalistic ethics again?

    I suspect the latter.

    March 30, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. amar

    Some fun stuff about tea party rally at
    teaformorons . dot . blogspot . com

    sample: a statement heard at the rally: We have moved, from my new house, I can see both Russia and Canada

    March 30, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. ronalde

    Ashjian would fit right in with the repugs in washington,he has all the right tools.Morally he is a good fit.

    March 30, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. Joyce

    Well the bad check does it. If he can't keep track of a checking account balance how can he take care of government business? I wouldn't vote for him simply because of the bad check. For anyone wanting to tell me how easy it is to make a mistake, I only have 1 question for you. How hard is it to use a calculator? Maybe Ashjian should buy one.

    March 30, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Isn't this guy the Ex-Democrat who is actually "posing" as a Tea Party Member to help Harry Reid Split the Vote just to keep his job? I notice CNN doesn't mention this fact, but on the other hand, it does provide CNN with a chance to put Tea Party Members in a bad light. You know, provide the Democrat Machine a little help with propaganda.

    March 30, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. socal frank

    you can take the trash out of the trailer but you can't take the trailer out of the trash

    March 30, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. CR

    Not ready for prime time. No substance and no credibility. The Republican Party needs to abandon the Tea Party nonsense they've been subsidizing.

    March 30, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  11. Ruth

    Typical Tea Party person.Must be a hard core republican.

    March 30, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. Proud American

    I wasn't aware you could charge someone for being a Moron.

    March 30, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Curt

    It would be nice if the entire tea party including Sarah got lost. Why does CNN keep reporting on this B-league nonsense. Really, stop talking about it. They're extremists bullies and have already gotten more then their 15 minutes of fame. Old news

    March 30, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  14. Lucky A

    They should allowed Sarah Palin to run there

    March 30, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Ted Kopec

    So much for the Tea Party being for fiscal responsibility. He can't even manage his own finances correctly.

    March 30, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. diridi

    it does not matter, whether it is tea party, or coffiee party just put them in accordance of the provisions set out in laws...ok, let GOP learn the lesson in a tough way....let us all uphold the law....just also, tighter the immigration too...nation needs this disperately...this includes to india...too...they think they are smart, and cheat...ok...idiots..

    March 30, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. edmundburkeson

    Too bad he's not a Democrat. This would qualify him to write a major piece of financial reform.

    March 30, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  18. Mark

    And so the comedy begins..........

    March 30, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  19. Minesh

    This is blasphemous for CNN to call him a Tea Partier. He is not a Tea Party candidate – he is a Harry Reid stooge.

    March 30, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. roberto2932

    And these are the people who want to be heard?? what a bunch of fakes...

    March 30, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  21. vincent

    Like my Socialist Friends say there is always time for a Tea Party!

    March 30, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. JMikey54

    Tea Partiers are scraping the bottom of the buckets.

    March 30, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  23. Sue

    He is NOT a Tea Party candidate.

    The majority in the Tea Party--as well as the majority throughout the country---believe that this man was put in the race as a plant by Harry Reid and the Democrats in order to split the vote.

    This man is NOT--and NEVER has been--a "Tea Party" candidate.

    March 30, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Dennis in AZ

    My sense from the article is that if he weren't a Tea Party candidate, this wouldn't be an issue. It speaks volumes about Nevada politics and who's running the show in the state of Sin. Apparently Nevada voters don't like actual democracy. Afterall, they did repeatedly send Harry Reid to the US Senate. At some point the less-than-distinguished Senator must have owned a topless buffet to continue getting re-elected.

    March 30, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. marcus (seattle)

    and this is the morally spotless party that is going to replace the "crooks" in DC ?? if you didn't pay attention in high school history class to the fall of the roman empire, you're witnessing it first-hand..

    March 30, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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