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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    she's a MORON now... that's all we need to know.

    June 16, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Eric

    "Tea Party favorite once a Democrat"

    As we ALL were in our youth... when someone else was paying the bills and you could afford to hold silly beliefs not rooted in reality.

    Then, we grow up.

    And start paying bills... and working long hours, away from family all the time, just to forge a life for them... and then we're forced to give 40-60 percent of what we earn to governments, federal, state and local, to fund mismanaged, bungled and outright wasteful projects and agencies.

    Then, we start voting differently.

    It's called growing up. Liberals should try it sometime.

    Take an Econ 101 course and prepare to have your mind (and liberal pre-conceptions) blown.

    June 16, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Scott W., Reston, VA

    And guess what?

    Ronald Reagan started out as one, too!

    June 16, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. stevegee

    Party affiliation means nothing. What the party stands for means everything! Angle is the real deal, and she's a testament to the fact that the people of this country are fed up with the federal government. And that's why Harry Reid is going to lose, big time!

    Save our constitutional republic! In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    June 16, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. rick

    Make no difference CNN....Nevadans are tired of the old Harry and cant wait to kicked the bum to the curb come Nov

    June 16, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Bill from GA

    I wonder if she backs abolishing the Federal Government's Bureau of Reclamation, which, through Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, supplies the water for much of Nevada (also Arizona). Probably not.

    At least she says, somewhat, what part of big government she wants to eliminate. Most Repugs don't want to commit to any specifics about seriously reducing the size of our government. Makes them sound like a nut-job when they do.

    If elected, she would be the right-wing's Cynthia McKinney (remember her?)

    June 16, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Dean

    More like she has always been a wingnut.

    June 16, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. AR

    This speaks to honesty for me. Country before party. I'm a fan.

    June 16, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Ken

    Does not much matter if it is an R or a D. The question is will they cut government spending and stop enslavement of future generations to US Debt, or will they continue with the horrible "grow the government" and "grow dependency on the government" agenda of the last 15 years?

    June 16, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Jim S

    stupid is as stupid does

    June 16, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Jay

    Everyone makes mistakes...

    I love how CNN picks the most unflattering photos for Republicans... no media bias there. Keep going full tilt for Harry, it worked well for Daschle too!!

    June 16, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Bubba

    She's not conservative, she's crazy. This is where a meaner person would insert a bunch of quotes about sheeple people being fooled by rhetoric and voting without thinking, but everyone knows I'm a nice guy and don't act that way. No way this clown will beat Harry Reid.

    June 16, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. David

    And this is going to save Harry Reid's job? Not likely.

    June 16, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Jerry

    The problem with liberals is they think all republicans are the same, I can respect her voting for the person she feels can best do the job.

    June 16, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Lee, Ann Arbor Michigan

    This shows she is smart enough to make good decisions.

    Something Harry Reid is unable to do.

    June 16, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Wisconsinite

    Guess the TPee-ers do as good a job of vetting their candidates as McCain did when he picked Failin Palin! 🙂

    June 16, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. kimberly

    this is no surprise, all politicians do this and that is all they care about, getting themselves and friends into office. our political system is a disaster. I am a democrat, but i TOO have had it with politicians on both sides. Its time to get them all out, only problem, there is no one worth voting for running against them. this nut job, her party fliping aside has made it impossible to get Ried out, shes a nut, and 80% of Nevada is NOT as nutty as her. SO here we have Ried again, and that is not right! The teabaggers are not GOOD for the country, Democrats yes, the country not so much!

    June 16, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. William Jefferson

    Her candidacy is a gift to the nation.......she is an insurance policy for Senator Ried continuing as majority leader for the forseable future.

    She met with republicon senate leaders yesterday, and even nut cases like them recognized within a few minutes that she is a lose cannon whoknows next to nothing and says some of the kookiest things this side of rand paul.

    June 16, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. William Jefferson

    Her candidacy is a gift to the nation.......she is an insurance policy for Senator Ried continuing as majority leader for the forseable future.

    She met with republicon senate leaders yesterday, and even nut cases like them recognized within a few minutes that she is a lose cannon whoknows next to nothing and says some of the kookiest things this side of rand paul.

    She is like an older homelier palin......

    June 16, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. RTB

    Oh brother, here we go.

    Another politician who will do anything. say anything, belong to any group that he/she believes will give him/her some power and not stand for anything that would benefit the citizens.

    The good people of Nevada are smart and deserve better.

    June 16, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. darling of the Tea Party movement

    enough said

    darling of the Tea Party movement means she is a quack

    June 16, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. bill

    Two peas from the same wacko pod ...... Angle and Sarah Palin.

    June 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. gate

    Sounds like a flip-flopper. I thought the GOP hated flip-floppers.

    June 16, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. John

    Another Opportunist thinking of her own career and not concerned about ideals, ethics nor the people she represents.
    Sounds like just another politician to me!

    June 16, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. GI Joe

    Good riddance to another idiot. The tea party is taking in all of them. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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