Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada left GOP in Reagan years, records show

Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle made her first trip to the Senate after winning the GOP nomination for the right to face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this fall.
By Associated Press
Thursday, June 17, 2010

Senate nominee Sharron Angle of Nevada, a tea party favorite who describes herself as a conservative's conservative, left the Republican Party at the height of the Reagan revolution and became a Democrat for at least several years, government records show.

Documents on file with the Humboldt County, Nev., clerk's office show that Angle was a registered Republican until June 1984, when she changed her party registration. According to the records, she remained a Democrat at least until March 1988, when she moved from Winnemucca to Tonopah, another rural community in Nye County.

Campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy said Angle switched parties to work for a conservative Democrat who was running for state Senate. He said Angle voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984.

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

Nevada registration records show that Angle has been a member of three, and possibly four, political parties since the 1970s and that she might have left the GOP for more than a decade.

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