May 19th, 2010
02:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea Party-backed candidate lands another big endorsement

Senate hopeful Sharron Angle scored another high profile endorsement.
Senate hopeful Sharron Angle scored another high profile endorsement.

(CNN) – Score another big endorsement for Sharron Angle in her bid for Nevada's Republican Senate nomination.

Wednesday the fiscally conservative Club for Growth formally backed Angle, a former GOP member of the Nevada Assembly who is also an anti-tax champion. The winner of next month's Republican primary will take on presumptive Democratic nominee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"Sharron Angle is everything a pro-growth, limited-government, economic conservative can be, and everything Washington and the country need right now. She was the undisputed fiscal conservative leader in the Nevada State Assembly, and she has the courage and skill to step into the same role in the U.S. Senate," says Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in an e-mail release.

He added, "Sharron is Harry Reid's worst nightmare, and Nevada's best hope."

The Club for Growth recently targeted Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who earlier this month, at his state party convention, lost his bid for a chance to defend his seat this November.

Last month Angle landed the endorsement of the Tea Party Express, a major national Tea Party organization. Angle has aggressively touted her connection to Tea Party activists, calling the movement "a tsunami of conservatism across this country."

Angle is among a dozen Republican candidates battling for their party's nomination. A Mason-Dixon poll conducted in early April for the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicated Angle was a distant third, far behind former Nevada GOP party chairwoman Sue Lowden and businessman and former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian. But according to a Mason Dixon survey conducted earlier this month, Angle had jumped into second place, trailing Lowden by five points.

Nevada's primary is June 8.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    The tea-baggers are the Repubs worst nightmare.
    "Club for Growth" is a klan of backward thinking bafoons who still think the world is flat and women should be barefoot and pregnant. Does anyone with a brain think they would have supported anyone but a tea-bagger – no matter what the real circumstances would be?

    May 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Betsy

    I listened to another Tea Party favorite, Rand Paul's interview praising their principles. However, he sounded close to S. Palin in his ignorance of basic economics and in his avoidance in directly answering the questions put to him. Ignorance we don't need any more of in government!

    May 19, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Look out chicken lady, the baggers are coming!

    May 19, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim,Ca.

    Can we pay our taxes with chickens if she is elected?

    May 19, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Boycott Rush`s Sponsors

    Shes so happy now.She will fill her bags with corporate money and not care what the people want done.

    May 19, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. beth

    Hey, I wanna be an 'anti-tax champion' too. Oops, as a CPA, I'd be out of a job. What exactly is she? Are her supporters trying to give back their social security, medicare, roads, police forces, ....all the services they are provided through taxes....

    May 19, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Agnes

    Hey Sharron, I'm a 30 year CA democrat and I'll send you $ just to oust that rat Reid for throwing Hillary under the bus in favor of his and Dean's and Pelosi's puppet Obama; who won't even do his duty to protect our borders. Now look, oil is polluting the Gulf, and Calderon is telling the USA how to execute its soverign immigration laws!

    May 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Marcus

    To think I thought the "tea party" was a party of the "people," NOT a vein of the Republican Party

    May 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Mike

    You go girl, she is the exact opposite of Reid and will send Reid back to Nevada and on the unemployment line. Now if we could only get rid of botox pelosi and the bowing nobamby, the country will finally be back on the right track.

    May 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. grrace

    Another "anti-tax" "limited government" candidate, who won't say what taxes she plans to cut, and wants to be a member of the government she hates.

    May 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Vic of New York

    Yey for TEA Party candidates. I am rooting that they all succeed in dislodging incumbent Republican candidates. Get rid of those bums!

    Can't wait till November...

    May 19, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Larry

    Club for Growth is a big endorsement?

    May 19, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Tea Party candidates, so far right that if Tim McVeigh were alive, he would be the tea party candidate for Pres. Militant insurrectionist. Watch out for the mini-militias, they are prepared to try to overturn our democratic government. Got one in North Idaho, bunch of losers.

    May 19, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Sharron just might be the country's worst nightmare.

    May 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    The republicans will vote against everything, as usual, to protect their corporate buddies.

    They also yell the loudest about illegals, but won't help do anything about it. Corporations need the cheap labor.

    Then there's national security- they keep blocking key appointments, never allowing them to come up for vote.

    THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DECLARED JIHAD ON THE USA.

    May 19, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    @edhenrycnn: @ali_marea no Republican Senator has really said they'll work with Obama on immigration reform, other than Graham, who has back-pedaled

    May 19, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Navy Vet

    Great a Scientologist running. I wonder what her beliefs on illegal aliens that fly here on a spaceship.

    May 19, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. one voice

    If this lady wins against Reed, it's a loss for the American people against Corporate America's. Who will be to blame? THE TEABAGGERS

    May 19, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. S callahan

    This will be a battle to watch.....

    May 19, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Tea Baggers are going to destroy the republican party. Harry Reid has nothing to worry about. The disenfranchised moderate republicans will more than likely vote for Sen. Reid and not this oraface of hot air Sharron Angle.

    May 19, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Pam

    I would very much like to see Reid out of the Senate and I am a Dem.
    It is hard to imagine the voters in Utah going from the most liberal Senator (after Pelosi) to the furthest right. I think if they want Reid out they will need a Republican a little less right than a Tea Party candidate. But, I have to say I am enjoying watching the inner struggles of the GOP. :-)

    May 19, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Jayne

    Another Palin in the making? These women SHOULD stay at home.

    May 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    According to a poll done a few weeks ago (don't remember who) this patriotic Tea Party bunch is just a new name for the same old right wing fringe of the Republican party. Their roots were even created by wingnut Dick Armey and his Freedomworks organization.

    Why is the news media giving them so much coverage? And why are they not telling us who they really are?

    We saw their heads exploding when Clinton became president, along with an increase in the militia movement back in the 90s. And now we're seeing the same thing again. And they're using the name of some of America's original true patriots, which really rubs me wrong.

    May 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The tea party may destroy the Republican party but then what. When tea partiers are asked about policy you might as well have cursed them out because they have no answer.

    May 19, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Dean

    Bye Harry.

    May 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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