The Wall Street Journal reported today on the former party affiliation of the GOP nominee for Senate in Nevada, Sharron Angle. From 1992 until 1997 Angle was a member of the Independent American Party of Nevada, the state affiliate of the national Constitution Party.
As it happens, one party on the ballot — the Independent American Party of Nevada — is a party that Angle herself once belonged to.
The Independent American Party of Nevada was resurrected as a state-recognized party in 1992 by Angle and others. It favors low taxes and opposes gun control, illegal immigration, abortion, gay rights and “global government.” It’s not to be confused with the National Independent American Party, which has a broadly similar ideology, or, for that matter, the Alaskan Independence Party, which Todd Palin had belonged to.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported in 2002 that Angle had been one of the Nevada voters to sign papers to revive the party in a drive organized by its late founder, Daniel Hansen, and that she’d remained a member until 1997.
Angle was a Republican before her involvement with IAPN, her campaign said. She re-registered as a Republican in March 1997, according to the Washoe County, Nev., voter registrar’s office. The following year, she successfully ran for state assembly as a Republican.
Janine Hansen, the IAPN’s director and sister of Daniel, confirmed that Angle had been a member of the party and that she was one of the original signatories in the effort to revive it. Now, Angle’s rivals on the Senate ballot, in addition to Reid, include IAPN candidate Tim Fasano.
Angle’s spokesman Jerry Stacy said that Angle was elected as a Republican in all of her runs for political office, and that she was committed to her GOP membership. “It’s easier to help inspire and shape the party from within,” he said.
This could indicate that Angle is more friendly not just towards the Constitution Party, but also towards third parties and ballot access reform efforts.