June 16th, 2010
10:01 AM ET
13 years ago

Tea Party favorite once a Democrat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/09/art.angle.traviscnn.jpg caption =" Sharron Angle was once a Democrat, the AP reports."](CNN) – Sharron Angle, the nominee for Senate in Nevada, and darling of the Tea Party movement, was once a member of the party she now so vigorously criticizes.

According to documents filed with the Humboldt County, Nevada, clerk's office and obtained by the Associated Press, Angle became a Democrat in June 1984 and remained in the party until at least March of 1988.

That means Angle left the Republican Party during several of the years the presidency was held by Ronald Regan – the conservative legend she often hails on the campaign trail.

Additional records obtained by the Associated Press show Angle has been a member of at least three political parties since the 1970's and has collectively spent more than ten years in a party besides the GOP. Angle also spent some time in the Independent American Party during the 1990's - a group that "believes in States Rights and strict adherence to the Laws and Principles set forth by the U.S. Constitution," according to its Web site.

Campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy says Angle voted for Reagan twice and only switched to the Democratic Party to help elect a conservative Democrat she then supported.

"She's always been conservative," Stacy said. "She switched parties to help run the [Democrat's] campaign."

Angle is now considered to be among the most conservative candidates running for Senate in 2010, espousing such controversial proposals as replacing Medicare and Social Security with private alternatives. She also backs abolishing the Department of Education to instead give more control to state governments.

Angle is taking on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose support back home has dwindled in part because of the state's sagging economy and the Nevada Democrat's support of the Wall Street bailout in 2008. Recent polls indicate the two are statistically running neck and neck.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Popular Posts • Sharron Angle
soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This nutjob is the UNHINGED version of Sarah Flailin. She wholeheartedly espouses utilizing the Second Ammendment as the remedy/tool to taking back the government.

    So if you can't vote them out, shoot 'emout.

    And to think she's actually in the running for the Senate seat in Nevada.

    The Right wing's collective brain has officially left the building.

    June 16, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Ed

    How nice of CNN to leave out the fact that Angle worked for Regan's campaigns between 80 and 84....And that she switched parties to work for a conservative Democrat's campaign, not because she "was" democrat. This is crap yellow journalism at it's best.

    June 16, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Charlie

    I can understand that. When I was young a naive I also was a democrat. As I grew older and Wiser I realized these people were taking us down the wrong road and switched parties.

    June 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Marie MD

    A truly conservative in Nevada? What about the various sin cities in that state? What will they do without liquor and worse yet fluoride in their water?
    Is that the same independent party, as in AK, that wants to secede from the Union? Just wondering because it seems a lot of them just can't be Americans anymore without the nazi/socialist crutch.
    How sweet though – the darling of one of the teabaggers' groups. Another reason not to vote for her.

    June 16, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Adalbert

    Happy that she is gone.

    June 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Politicians don't really care what party they affiliate with, as long as they can win and move on.

    June 16, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. griggbos

    if she left the party in 1988 then she was on the tail end of Reagan 2nd term , seems the change in partywas a policitacl move more then a change in beliefs

    June 16, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. jerseylou

    Yepper.....most crazy people can't make up their minds;and they are the last one too know that they are nuts.

    June 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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