June 16th, 2010
10:01 AM ET
11 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. MAD MAX TEXAN

    She woke up and smelled the roses. Didn't she. She saw where this country was going just like I did. A past 50-yr Democrat who now is independent. NO MORE OF THE OBAMAS THE ILLEGAL.

    June 16, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This woman is nuts. I don't think she has a "left" bone in her body.

    June 16, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. All the news that is fit to omit

    Day 8 of CNN's job to dig up and report non-stories on these mean and horrible Conservative woman.

    You hacks and the LSM cabal have AGAIN done more digging on Palin and other conservative women than ANY diggiong on Oweblamo last election and we are paying for it day by day.

    I was a Democrat at one time and didn't vote for Reagan in 1980 ( I voted for Anderson as Carter or Kennedy were NOT an option), but like Churchill said before, I smartened up.

    Funny how CNN doesn't report that Salazar and Obama LAST YEAR eased restrictions and regulations on the SITE THAT BLEW UP, but why report the imnportant stuff eh CNN.

    June 16, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Dan

    Is it legal for the press to fish into party affiliation?

    June 16, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. PalmReader

    Angle ought to have no trouble fitting in with her newly adopted conservative republican party.

    As far as I can tell, most GOPers can't seem to decide what it is they stand for either.

    June 16, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Emily T.

    Another Republican hypocrite. The Party of No is littered with these types.

    June 16, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Emerson

    Another disaster waiting to happen, from the shallow end of the gene pool – Nevada.

    June 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Doraine Gordon

    This woman can't seem to decide which party she really wants to be with. Why would anyone want to vote for somebody who is as undecided as her? She can't seem to make up her mind. Do we really want someone like that in Washington helping to make decisions for our country? I think not!!!

    June 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. RICK FROM PA

    To get to this story everyone clicked on "Palin wants a big meeting".
    What does this article have to do with Palin? Can't CNN get anything right!

    June 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Red by Choice

    Oh my, the humanity!

    Really, CNN? Really?

    June 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Neck and neck"

    ?? What happened to her 11 point lead?? Care to elucidate? I'm pretty sure the 2 + 2 = she's a total nutjob and all the Tealiban minions out there gloating forgot that all she did was win a primary and still has to face a general election in which everyone will get to hear and judge her for her idiotic beliefs...but let's hear it from the "experts." Oh wait...you can't do that...that wouldn't be "fair and balanced" because pointing out the FACTS about her instead of focusing on stupid polls and nonsense stories would, in fact, reveal what a kook she is and get the GOPercon "liberal media conspiracy" talking point machine up and running. Can't lose those viewers/clickers upon which your ad revenue depends, now can you?

    June 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Don of Iowa

    This woman cannot decide what party to support and they want to put her up as a Senator, LOL, this is the biggest joke from the tea party set since Saint Sarah the Idiot. If the tea party keeps putting forth loons like these two morons they will go down in history as the movement even dumber than GW Bush and side kick Cheney the Stupid!

    June 16, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. J.P.

    So what. The alternative choice is Harry Reid. That should end all discussion.

    June 16, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Marge

    This way, that way any way the wind blows. Looks like people are correct to question the TRUE motives of this person. She will be what ever you want as long as she has an opening to try to get into office. Gee whiz, typical republican.

    June 16, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Go figure

    You would think Democrats would like that.

    June 16, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Rose

    How is her party change any different from Arlen Spector's party change? CNN makes a big deal when it is a GOPer but it is okay when it is a Dem. CNN, your bias is showing every day, how about some balance in your reports.

    June 16, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Bill, Bloominton IL

    So what? I was born and raised democrat and realized somewhere in the 80s the democrats no longer represent me. Then I started voting republican.

    June 16, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Adso diMelk

    I'm no fan of the Tea Party Movement, however, finding fault in an adult that expresses their right to change their political affiliations is absurd. Frankly, demanding some sort of strict party loyalty from a candidate or worse, that they be a dogmatic ideologue, is one of the most disconcerting problems in our modern political discourse.

    June 16, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. JonDie

    She's a phony opportunist politician looking to join the gravy train.

    June 16, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Bob of Lompoc

    Fuzzy political background, lack of loyalty to political ideas, Right Wing Nut for the moment – perfect political cousin of Palin. She wants to close the U. S. Department of Education to transfer more "control to state governments"? You mean like Nevada, the gambling and sex capitol of the U. S. A.; Illinois, which just had to throw their Governor out of office; California, which had to use the Recall method to throw the last Governor out of office; South Carolina (no further wording needed). Yeah, lets put "more control" of the education of America's children in the hands of T H E S E people. Oh yaaaw!

    June 16, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. CR

    Bouncing from Party to Party. Sounds very unstable.

    June 16, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. bubba551

    Big deal!
    Many of us were liberal in our youth.

    June 16, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Bob

    "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."
    The media avoids labelling liberals, but always throw dark hints that any conservative like Angle is "too conservative' and espouses 'controversial proposals'...
    Well, Reid's support is dwindling because he is a moonbat liberal in a moderate state. Reid espoused 'controversial proposals' like the widely reviled Obamacare.

    June 16, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Steve51

    It doesn't bother me that she changed parties over the years. It bothers me that she wants to mess with my retirement and my grandkid's education to make them worse.

    June 16, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. HJA

    "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. "

    Oh yeah, Give it to Wall Street. They'll do a good job.......for themselves.
    Typical GOP.....bought and paid for.

    June 16, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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