The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the Nevada Tea Party is going to run a candidate against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid in this years Nevada midterm election. This is where the Tea Party movement hasn’t a clue and fails in its long term goals. If the Tea Party wants to be a third party all they will accomplish is electing Democrats by splitting the vote.
Sun columnist Jon Ralston is reporting that the Tea Party has qualified as a third party in Nevada and will have a candidate in the Senate race to battle for the seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The party has filed a Certificate of Existence but needs to get 1 percent of the electorate to vote for its candidate in November to permanently qualify, according to the report.
Ralston reported that Jon Ashjian will be the Tea Party’s U.S. Senate candidate on the November ballot. Ashjian still must declare his candidacy.
According to the Tea Party’s constitution, the Tea Party of Nevada will “promote this nation’s founding principles of freedom, liberty and a small representative government. That’s nice, are you also for another Reid reelection? Because your Tea Party candidate will only harm the Republican that wins the primary who faces Dingy Harry.
Harry Reid already faces a strong Republican challenge that includes former state Senator Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian and former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle. According to recent polls, Reid trails all of the Republican challengers in his bid for reelection.
I say the following as a fellow Tea Party member … The Tea Party’s job should not be to reinvent the wheel, but to make the existing Republican Party better. Or if there is a worthy Democrat candidate/Independent, then to support that person. The Tea Party has an opportunity to be a great voice and an influential one. However, not if they shoot themselves in the foot and act like they are some group that is suddenly going to be elected into office just like that. That mentality will only act as a decisive measure that will ensure Democrats and in this case Reid’s election.
I had an opportunity to meet and hear Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian when he came to Nashville, TN with The American Liberty Rally with Joe the Plumber, et al. The voters of Nevada need to support whomever wins the Republican primary, that includes the Tea Party. Not blind support, but make your voice be heard and which candidate will follow the closest to the bylaws of the Tea Party. Do not run a third party candidate, you will do nothing but harm the very cause you wish to effectuate change.
Danny Tarkanian speaking in Nashville, TN