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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: 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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To: americanophile

On drugs?

151 posted on 06/16/2010 7:04:32 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: crunk

The American Independant party was the only conservative party in the country in the early ‘90s.

152 posted on 06/16/2010 7:21:12 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: arthurus

“I even voted for a Democrat once for School Superintendant.”

You should have known better than that; most educators are flaming liberals trying to indoctrinate our kids.

Seriously, most people above the age of 50 who are conservatives have voted for a Democrat at one time or another. I was a strong supporter of John Connally when he ran for Gov. of Texas over Smilin’ Ralph Yarborough and the GOP candidate Jack Cox. Of course, that was when there were some legitimate Demo conservatives in TX.

That attack dog won’t hunt!

153 posted on 06/16/2010 7:26:36 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: Syncro

“Reid’s got a lot of little helpers here.”

Apparently, and some of them surprise me a bit.

154 posted on 06/16/2010 7:27:32 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: americanophile

She’s got a long way to go to catch up with Obama in the unraveling department.

155 posted on 06/16/2010 7:29:21 PM PDT by jonathonandjennifer
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To: americanophile

Go ahead and dig away!!


156 posted on 06/16/2010 7:33:36 PM PDT by Randy Larsen ( BTW, If I offend you! Please let me know, I may want to offend you again!(FR #1690))
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To: nickcarraway
"Angle was once a registered Democrat"

Hummm, so?

157 posted on 06/16/2010 7:34:21 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: nickcarraway
Sharron Angle Was Once a Registered Democrat

So was I. At first, I had lots of fun infiltrating local Rat assemblies and functions. Then I was too lazy to change it. But finally the ignominy of being a registered Rat was to great to stomach and I filled out the form to change from a dirty Rat to a gleaming Pub. Have felt better about myself every since.

158 posted on 06/16/2010 7:48:29 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the Right Stuff!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I think I must have been a DINO.... non-active, unregistered, and a long time ago. I believe “transformed liberals” have some extra insight into the hypocrisies of the democrat party. As the saying goes, “A conservative is a liberal who realizes he’s been mugged.”

159 posted on 06/16/2010 8:02:35 PM PDT by drierice
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To: americanophile

“Wow, it’s been a week ans she’s starting to unravel. Fast than I would have thought. A lousy candidate.”

The Dems are pulling out all the stop to try to save Harry Reid’s sorry butt, and you’re helping them by slamming Angle. Are you a seminar Freeper?

- JP

160 posted on 06/16/2010 8:05:32 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("Every time a Democrat mocks Sarah Palin, an independent gets its wings." - JP)
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