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

Tea Party-backed candidate lands another big endorsement

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Randy

    I hear a lot of people saying that candidates who are for limited government hate the government. People for limited government simply want to keep government doing what they are supposed to be doing. Not the current process of growing and growing government and giving more power to the fed, and taking it from the states. Most things I see on here roads, police, fire, and education should be local and state responsibilities. My retirement and and financial situation should be my responsibility. If I don't like working for $7/hours work for a promotion or find a differente job, don't tell me you need somebody to provide you a living wage, everybody starts at the bottom, it's your own problem if you stay there.

    May 19, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Roger

    Pam said "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."

    Pam, oh God honey. I support the GOP, but honestly, I don't even know where to start with you, other than to say you have to be a Tea Party member in disguise. Then again, it ain't much of a disguise when you say something that ridiculous. Harry Reid is a senator from Nevada (not Utah), and he must be the most liberal senator, because Pelosi isn't one. Get your facts right, dear.

    May 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. not all docs play golf

    The "Club For Growth" is another facade of the Republican ME-ism. It's all about completely removing any oversight of the free market so that the haves can have more, and stuff themselves at the feeding trough while axing social programs for those not as fortunate as themselves. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy in the spirit of Reaganomics was espoused by people like this, and yet, what happened was that local municiplaites were starved and cut off from federal funding so that your local taxes had to go up in order for society to still provide the services we all benefit from thru taxes. But those with limited cerebral blood flow seem to believe that reducing federal taxes will be somehow painless and benefit Joe the Plumber. Not true, and Joe and Sarah and the Tea Party anarchists just are not smart enough to know this. So take off your silly hats, spell-check your ignorant rally signs, and go back home and pay your taxes like the rest of us.

    May 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Bring on the t-baggers!!! It's a guaranteed pick-up/retaining of a seat for Democrats. Even republicans are scared of these zealots getting elected

    May 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Were taking our country back Washington, D.C. You all will be fired both parties in November by your BOSS the legal voters in thsi country.

    May 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Franklin

    Wow, only 2 of the 24 comments on this board are making "racist" accusations on a Tea Party blog. I guess sometimes it's possible to fix a broken record.

    May 19, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. John Q.

    As long as Reid goes, I don't much care whom replaces him. Fresh faces, hopefully uncorrupt, and not part of the current status quo works for me...

    May 19, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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