Lawsuit Challenges Nevada Tea Party Senate Hopeful
A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Carson City argues Scott Ashjian was required by state law to submit signatures totaling 1 percent of votes cast in Nevada's last House elections to qualify.
Ashjian collected names of 250 registered voters under another law provision. The suit claims he was obligated to comply with the larger requirement.
The plaintiffs include members of a group headed by conservative activist Chuck Muth, and the president of an organization affiliated with the national tea party movement.
Local tea party activists and the national Tea Party Express say Ashjian is an opportunist trying to exploit the popular conservative movement.