Sharron Angle Tries To Make Deal To Get Tea Party Candidate Out Of NV Senate Race; Blasts GOP
Nevada GOP candidate Sharron Angle had a secret meeting with Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian (pictured) where she, the woman who calls her Democratic opponent, “Let’s Make a Deal Harry Reid,” tried to make a deal to get Ashjian to step aside. Among other things, Angle promised Ashjian access to GOP Senate leaders, even though she was busy trashing the GOP. Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun has a tape of the meeting.
The conversation reveals Angle almost desperate to show Ashjian they are like-minded, that they both disdain the major parties, but insistent that the Tea Party of Nevada contender could help Reid win if he doesn’t embrace her candidacy.
Angle expresses disdain for the national GOP, which she says she now has “in a box” because she won the primary, which caused the DC types after her June 8 victory to still be “moaning and groaning and weeping and gnashing teeth over Sue Lowden.” Later, she tries to persuade Ashjian to endorse her because she will have “juice” he can tap into to get access to Sens. Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn and Mitch McConnell.
Among the nuggets on tape:
- Angle: “The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles…..Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me…..They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government.”
- Angle: “(The Republicans in DC) don’t want me back there…because they know I’ll shake this mess up….…..I shook it up in Carson City, they hated me there…41-Angle was not a compliment……..When I go back, there may be five or six of us….maybe Joe Miller (Alaska), Ken Buck (Colorado), Christine O’Donnell (Delaware).
- Ashjian: “She (O’Donnell) doesn’t have a chance.”