The Clark County, Nevada District Attorney’s office plans to seek an arrest warrant for Scott Ashjian, a candidate running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat from the freshly minted “Tea Party of Nevada”. Ashjian is accused of bouncing a $5000 business check last year.
Since February, other Tea Party groups have declared Tea Party of Nevada a liberal front group and a fake from its inception, even going so far as to say Tea Party of Nevada is a liberal ploy to siphon votes away from a Republican candidate. Twenty Nevada tea party groups have issued a joint statement denouncing Tea Party of Nevada (TPN) and rejecting the notion of a third party candidate:
-o The TPN is not a conservative party who speaks for grassroots and tea party activists in Nevada.
-o The TPN is not now, has never been, and will never be affiliated with grassroots efforts in Nevada.
-o The term “Tea Party Candidate” will no longer be used to indicate grassroots support for a candidate or candidates.
-o The TPN will not be invited to or allowed to represent themselves at conservative grassroots events and functions across Nevada.
In addition to the warrant for the bad check (a felony theft charge), Ashjian recently lost his contractor’s license for failing to appear before a disciplinary board in a matter of another bad check to a supplier. Mr. Ashjian has also faced foreclosure on more than a million dollars in home loans and, among other debts, reportedly owes the IRS $200,000.
A conviction on the felony theft charge will disqualify Ashjian from elected office but, combined with the rest of his reported transgressions, he’s a shoo-in as an Obama appointee. Perhaps he could serve as Obama’s “Opponent Marginalization” Czar.
H/T Dan Riehl