March 31st, 2010
05:21 AM 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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