Sharron Angle, the original Tea Party insurgent, has been caught on tape pleading with another Tea Party candidate not to run against her on a third-party ticket. Nevada journalist Jon Ralston received a covert recording of a meeting Angle had with Tea Party of Nevada candidate Scott Ashjian.
In the recorded conversation, Angle assures Ashjian that she too disapproves of both major parties, calling the GOP corrupt and claiming that "the Republicans have lost their standards, they've lost their principles." She tells Ashjian that his candidacy will draw votes from her and up Sen. Harry Reid's chances of re-election. "I'm not sure you can win and I'm not sure I can win if you're hurting my chance," she says, "and that's the part that scares me."
Angle brags that she's successfully cornered the national GOP -- "really we have them in a box ... they have no choice, I'm the only game in town" -- and that she can give Ashjian access to powerful Republicans if he agrees to back out of the race now.
"That's really all I can offer to you is whatever juice I have, you have as well," she tells Ashjian. "You want to see DeMint, I have juice with him. ... I go to Washington, D.C. and want to see Jim DeMint, he's right there for me. I want to see Tom Coburn, he's right there for me. I want to see Mitch McConnell, he's there."