[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/09/art.angle.traviscnn.jpg caption =" Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle will meet with some top GOP insiders in Washington on Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - She ran as an outsider, but on Tuesday, Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle will meet with some top GOP insiders in Washington.
Angle will sit down with Republican senators on Capitol Hill at the Republican policy lunch, as the guest of Sen. John Ensign, which appears to be creating some controversy.
Angle will also meet with National Republican Senatorial Campaign Chairman John Cornyn and with other senior NRSC officials.
The former state lawmaker, once considered a long shot for the Nevada Republican Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in last Tuesday's primary, thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express (a national Tea Party organization) and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group. The NRSC didn't take sides in the primary. Angle now faces off in the general election against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is battling for a fifth term in office.
"Senator Ensign has stated that he will assist the winner of Nevada's Republican Senate primary as little or as much as the nominee wished. Senator Ensign will be attending the Republican Policy lunch with Sharron Angle tomorrow as a way of introducing her to his colleagues," Ensign Press Secretary Jennifer Cooper said Monday night.
But apparently not all Senate Republicans are thrilled with Ensign's move to bring Angle's at the weekly gathering.
A senior GOP Senate source said Ensign didn't officially inform those who run the lunch, which Ensign used to do before he was forced to resign from his leadership post.
"This is Ensign going rogue in an attempt to rehabilitate his soiled reputation by latching onto someone popular with Nevada voters," said the source.
The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating Ensign, who has been dogged by allegations of improper conduct stemming from an affair with the wife of a former aide. An Ethics Committee spokesman has declined to comment on precisely what its members are looking into.
Angle's meeting with NRSC officials appears less controversial.
"Sharron Angle ran a terrific grassroots primary campaign and we are committed to doing whatever we can to help her win," says NRSC communications director Brian Walsh. "Nevada voters deserve accountability in Washington and we're confident they will elect Sharron Angle in November."
Appearing Monday on Fox News, Angle said Reid "has pretty much waterboarded our economy for the last year and a half."
Angle also defended her strong connection to the Tea Party movement, saying that "we're the mainstream in America."