October 4th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Candidate's secret tape recording 'for my own protection'

Jessica Yellin
CNN National Political Correspondent

(CNN) – Nevada Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian says he taped his meeting with Sharron Angle "for my own protection."

The recording of the meeting is at the center of a new controversy for Republican Senate nominee in Nevada who is in a heated contest with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Ashjian is a third party candidate trailing in the polls.

"I thought it was a set-up, so naturally I recorded it," Ashjian tells CNN adding "I recorded it because I realized every time I've had a meeting the truth gets distorted and the facts don't come out. It was never my intention to release the tape. I didn't do it till three days later when my friends said have you heard reports saying you're an egotistical whack job? So I said no problem here's the truth knock yourself out."

He gave the tape to his campaign manager to turn over to Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun political reporter and dean of the Nevada political press corps. The subsequent coverage highlighted Angle's pressuring of Ashjian to drop out of the race.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    This lady becomes a less and less credible candidate for the Nevada senate seat day by day.
    The two candidate will split the republican vote and leave Reid winning the senate race.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:42 am |
  2. Robert Supreme Court gone wild!

    Hello, CNN thanks for highlighting this problem in our polictal system. Here's the danger we might have drug dealers, rapist, child molester involved in this secret advertising. If a politican is taking money on their behalf the American people ought to know. The American political system is for sale to the highest bidder.

    October 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  3. GlennZ

    The state of Nevada allows 1 party consent to record conversations. No laws were broken. Godd for Mr. Ashjin!

    October 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  4. Martin

    Tea Party Canidates and GOP Canidates make for strange bed fellows. I think they are hurting one another.

    October 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |