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Sharron Angle Was Once a Registered Democrat
CBS News ^ | June 16, 2010 | Stephanie Condon

Posted on 06/16/2010 4:56:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Democrats and liberal bloggers continue to search for surprising facts about Tea Party-backed Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, but the Associated Press has uncovered one fact the left may not have anticipated: Angle was once a registered Democrat and worked to elect a Democratic politician in Nevada.

Rather than giving any indication of her ideological beliefs, however, that fact may simply show her history of independence from the Republican party. In the 1990's, she belonged to a conservative third party. Angle won the Nevada GOP Senate primary this month, knocking out the establishment candidate to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

While Angle alluded to conservative hero President Ronald Reagan the night she won the primary, she in fact was a registered Democrat during part of his presidency. Records show, the AP reports, that Angle was a registered Republican until 1984, when she switched to the Democratic party. She stayed a Democrat at least through March, 1988.

Campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy told the AP Angle switched parties to work for a conservative Democrat running for state Senate, but she voted for Reagan in both 1980 and 1984.

"She's always been conservative," Stacy said. "She switched parties to help run the (Democrat's) campaign."

In 1992, Angle helped resurrect the Independent American Party, the Wall Street Journal reported. The party reportedly favors low taxes and opposes gun control, illegal immigration, abortion, gay rights and "global government." Angle rejoined the Republicans in 1997.

The candidate in Washington this week to meet with Republican Party officials and conservative activists, but she has taken some heat for avoiding reporters.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said that within weeks, reporters will have "complete, 100 percent access" to Angle, the Washington Post reports.

"I think she needs to get staffed up and prepared," he said. "The kind of scrutiny candidates undergo in a general-election race like this is far different than virtually anybody's been through before, and I just think it's a matter of due diligence and being prepared."


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: democrat; infiltratedgop; nevada; nv2010; reid; teapartyexpress
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To: Mr. Lucky

Ping and double ping.


101 posted on 06/16/2010 5:54:36 PM PDT by dools007
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To: Syncro

I read that also.
I would never become a Democrat for any reason.


102 posted on 06/16/2010 5:55:52 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: americanophile

You obviously don’t know jack about her. She’s shoulder to shoulder with Palin, which thrills me. I doubt you.


103 posted on 06/16/2010 5:56:07 PM PDT by chiller ( Oil spilled while Obama chilled)
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To: mnehring

LOL Reid’s got a lot of little helpers here.


104 posted on 06/16/2010 5:56:52 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: americanophile

and accurate.


105 posted on 06/16/2010 5:56:58 PM PDT by LasVegasMac
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To: nickcarraway

I guess that means Conservatives in Nevada should all just vote for Reid now.


106 posted on 06/16/2010 5:57:12 PM PDT by redk
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To: ecomcon

keyboard !


107 posted on 06/16/2010 5:57:36 PM PDT by chiller ( Oil spilled while Obama chilled)
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To: nickcarraway

I was once a registered Cub Scout. So what’s their point?


108 posted on 06/16/2010 5:58:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! Had enough "history" yet?)
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To: Syncro

Can you imagine if you were in the same platoon with some of these folks? They would be the one, standing behind the sniper who has the enemy in their sights, yelling and waiving their hands berating the sniper loudly about the girl he dated 20 years ago.

They are the kind of people who take 90% Conservatives and call them RINOs.


109 posted on 06/16/2010 5:59:37 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: SoCalPol
You read that and still had this "educated" guess?
"I guess when she went from Republican to Democrat 1984 to 1988 she was not a supporter of Reagan"
So you were just hoping someone would believe that?

Good quote for the Reid campaign to slurp up here at FR when they come poking around.

110 posted on 06/16/2010 6:00:45 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: Syncro

Wasn’t there one of the Republican candidates in Nevada that all the Ron Paul folks were trying to destroy because she wouldn’t let them play games with the party rules? Was that Angle? If so, I wonder if they are still playing that game?


111 posted on 06/16/2010 6:01:10 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

They are the kind of people who take 90% Conservatives and call them RINOs

Exactly and that is what I got from some of the same crowd when I supported 90% Conservative Fiorina because she can win in Nov.


112 posted on 06/16/2010 6:01:39 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Syncro

No different than all the Fiorina haters and bashers during the primary and was commented on at the Dem sites.


113 posted on 06/16/2010 6:02:58 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: marron

Now that WAS a low blow!

I can’t believe you said that! LOL

She was a Democrat for four years, and has been a Republican for the last 22. Big whoopie do...


114 posted on 06/16/2010 6:03:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (06/15/2010 Obama's Shame-Wow address...)
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To: SoCalPol
Fiornia is more like 50% at best. Yet, you, in your pure purityness, are the one joining the attack on a 90%+ Conservative because she happened to be registered as a Democrat for four years- over two decades ago.
115 posted on 06/16/2010 6:03:36 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: redk
You make a good point.

Who does Reid think will be offended by this?

116 posted on 06/16/2010 6:05:08 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: mnehring

Giving Dems the majority in the lower houses does not benefit Conservatives.


117 posted on 06/16/2010 6:05:20 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: mnehring

That was Sue Lowden.


118 posted on 06/16/2010 6:06:14 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (Ocents.com - Anti Obama & Pro Palin stamps, tees, mousepads, bumper stickers....etc)
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To: SoCalPol
No different than all the Fiorina haters and bashers during the primary and was commented on at the Dem sites.

In that race, there was a more Conservative option- it was a primary. In this race, the option is the most liberal dem you can get- the head vampire of the whole bloodsucking family- and you are choosing the path of waiving some virgin necks in front of him.

119 posted on 06/16/2010 6:06:18 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: TribalPrincess2U

In fact, Angle can put her transformation to good use, by appealing to the many dems to this day who still refuse to realize that today’s Dems are not the ones we/they grew up with.


120 posted on 06/16/2010 6:06:28 PM PDT by chiller ( Oil spilled while Obama chilled)
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To: Seeking the truth

Thanks


121 posted on 06/16/2010 6:06:33 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: SoCalPol
Giving Dems the majority in the lower houses does not benefit Conservatives.

So, giving the Dems a majority in the 'upper' house is fine with you? The battle is Angle versus Reid with the Senate at stake. Not exactly time to get all preachy and uppity about something she did over two decades ago.

122 posted on 06/16/2010 6:09:05 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: nickcarraway

So was Ronald Reagan.


123 posted on 06/16/2010 6:11:14 PM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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To: nickcarraway

To the article - I say ‘SO WHAT’? I voted for LBJ when I was 18 y.o. in Kentucky ... 13 months in S.E.A. in the Vietnam War cured that...

Nothing like learning from your mistakes -— we are not likely to repeat them...


124 posted on 06/16/2010 6:12:12 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: nickcarraway

Now I feel better.

125 posted on 06/16/2010 6:12:18 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: mnehring

My issue isn’t with her but how some read the article
to start with


126 posted on 06/16/2010 6:12:54 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: mnehring
No, that was Lowden:
Although some Nevada Ron Paul supporters have joined the campaign of former basketball player Danny Tarkanian, a win by Angle would be favorable by far to a win by self-financed multimillionaire and former GOP state chair Sue Lowden, who cheated Paul supporters out of impending victory at the state GOP convention by abruptly adjourning the convention and appointing her own set of central committee members.
This is more detail:
As I pointed out in March, Lowden earned the ire of Nevada libertarian activists back in 2008 for what they see as her hijacking of the state party convention. John McCain had sewn up the GOP nomination before Nevada Republicans gathered, and Lowden had put in place a set of rules designed to rubber-stamp a slate of McCain delegates. But the convention was taken over by Ron Paul supporters, who launched an insurgency on the convention floor and succeeded in overturning rules.

Lowden -- who was then the Nevada GOP chairwoman -- panicked. She and other state GOP leaders shut the convention down, promising to reconvene the delegates at a later date. But they never did. Instead, Lowden held a private conference call with state Republican leaders who secretly approved the slate of McCain delegates. The Libertarian activists -- many of whom now populate the Tea Party movement in Nevada -- never forgave her.

That's from the Wa Po.
127 posted on 06/16/2010 6:14:06 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: americanophile

This is the beginning? That she switched parties? You do know Reagan did that. Or did you not know that?


128 posted on 06/16/2010 6:14:45 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: SoCalPol
So you approve of lies and deception? If it is YOU and not those against your pick?

Hmmmm.

129 posted on 06/16/2010 6:15:48 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: SoCalPol

Because they see it differently than you? No one is denying she went from R to D to I to R, they are just pointing out that a lot of people change parties and it sometimes doesn’t mean a hill of beans in regards to their political positions. You are hung up on thinking that people are using the D to R transformation as analogous to Angle’s R to D to I to R change is a mistake in their reading.

Maybe it is just a mistake in your understanding their point?


130 posted on 06/16/2010 6:16:49 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Syncro

Palin’s father went to Nevada to campaign for Tarkanian


131 posted on 06/16/2010 6:17:37 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Syncro

I suport Republicans over Democrats.


132 posted on 06/16/2010 6:18:38 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Mr. Lucky

“Lots of us were once registered Democrats. Then we got jobs, families, responsibilties and brains”

Me too.


133 posted on 06/16/2010 6:20:10 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: nickcarraway

CBS News trying to stir the pot and help Reid.


134 posted on 06/16/2010 6:20:36 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: nickcarraway
Yeah, but Harry Reid is *STILL* a Democrat.

Stephanie, tell Reid & Axelrod their "divide & conquer" strategy on Sharron is an Epic FAIL.

Cheers!

135 posted on 06/16/2010 6:22:49 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: SoCalPol
I suport (sic) Republicans over Democrats.

I support Conservatives. That cuts out virtually all dems, and most (ok quite a few by their actions) republicans.

Palin’s father went to Nevada to campaign for Tarkanian

That's your answer to "do you approve of lies and deception?" LOL

136 posted on 06/16/2010 6:23:02 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: chiller

She knows how they think and what sneaky things they do.
Could be a big plus.


137 posted on 06/16/2010 6:25:31 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Syncro

That wasn’t in response to your comment


138 posted on 06/16/2010 6:26:36 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: americanophile
So what ?

If she's *IN*, she can vote as conservatively as humanly possible for six years.

At least.

WARNING: VULGAR LANGUAGE IN LINK.

Amphibious Attack Tigers

You've got a problem with that?

Cheers!

139 posted on 06/16/2010 6:29:39 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Sharron Angle Was Once a Registered Democrat”

So what? Heck, up until a few years ago, I was a Democrat. I’ve never been a member of the GOP.

If this is the worst dirt they can find, then Ms. Angle is beyond squeaky clean.


140 posted on 06/16/2010 6:33:45 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (WHO ARE YOU??! WHO ARE YOU??! **hiccup**)
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To: SoCalPol
Yea, but it answered the question.

Despicable tactic

141 posted on 06/16/2010 6:35:15 PM PDT by Syncro (November is hunting season. No bag limit-Ted Nugent)
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To: ecomcon
It is true.

Did Hillary Clinton work for Goldwater?

"..Hillary Clinton ("Living History," page 21): I was also an active Young Republican and, later, a Goldwater girl, right down to my cowgirl outfit and straw cowboy hat emblazoned with the slogan "AuH20." ... I liked Senator Goldwater because he was a rugged individualist who swam against the political tide...."

142 posted on 06/16/2010 6:36:29 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: nickcarraway

Who cares?


143 posted on 06/16/2010 6:39:08 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: nickcarraway

I, too was once a registered Democrat. Jimmy Carter quickly cured me of that.


144 posted on 06/16/2010 6:41:23 PM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: americanophile

Truly conservative Dems still existed in the ‘80s. I do have some reservations about Angle, but I think you’re pissing in the wind on this thread...this is NOT what will cause her problems.


145 posted on 06/16/2010 6:42:47 PM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: nickcarraway

(posted before reviewing to see how many others have said this)

Ronald Reagan was once a registered democrat.


146 posted on 06/16/2010 6:43:03 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: Mr. Lucky

Amen, I voted for Hubert Humphrey~we all grow up, or at least some of us!


147 posted on 06/16/2010 6:47:57 PM PDT by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: nickcarraway

I was once a registered Democrat, too. I campaigned for Jimmy Carter, proudly pulled the lever for him as my first presidential vote, and delivered precinct ballots to the Waco courthouse after voting ended.

I got better.


148 posted on 06/16/2010 6:48:54 PM PDT by DallasMike
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To: SoCalPol
A Conservative Democrat is an oxymoron
It is now.

In the 80's (the time period we're discussing here) when they elected Reagan in 2 landslides, they were called Southern Democrats...It was in all the papers.

149 posted on 06/16/2010 6:51:05 PM PDT by lewislynn (What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: lewislynn

I worked at Reagan’s headquarters when he first ran for Gov.
Have followed politics and world affairs since the late 1950s


150 posted on 06/16/2010 6:54:03 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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