Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 7:12 a.m.
CARSON CITY – The Tea Party has decided to ignore its own candidate for the U.S. Senate to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The party announced today it is backing former Nevada Republican Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, who is in Washington, D.C., to accept the endorsement.
The party bypassed Scott Ashjian, who filed as a Tea Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, but he said Wednesday he wouldn't be surprised if he didn’t get the endorsement because the party has been criticizing him.
Ashjian’s candidacy is under attack in the courts. A suit has been filed by the Independent American Party to remove his name from the ballot.
District Judge Todd Russell says he will decide soon whether to strike Ashjian’s name from the November election ballot.
Earlier, the Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund endorsed Angle, saying she was a “true friend of the Second Amendment, never wavering in her defense of the right to keep and bear arms.”
Angle has been running third in the polls in the GOP primary election in June. A resident of Reno, Angle served four terms in the Nevada Assembly. She has been unsuccessful so far in her tries for national office.