Scott Ashjian Campaign for U.S. Senate from Nevada

This was the official website for Jon Scott Ashjian 2010 campaign to become the next US Senator from  Nevada.

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My name is Jon Scott Ashjian and I’m running for the U.S. Senate.

I am running because I love my country and Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are ruining it. It is time to take our country back and I am asking you to join me in this fight.

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Press Releases

Scott Ashjian is re-launching his bid for the US Senate!

For the past several months Scott Ashjian has been a gentlemen allowing Sharron Angle every opportunity to blow past Harry Reid for the Nevada US Senate seat.  Scott took heavy criticism from the press and heat from Tea Party affiliates outside the State of Nevada.

Scott remained quiet to allow Sharron to muster everything she had to demonstrate she could beat Harry Reid in November without the distraction of a 3rd candidate.  He wanted to see if Sharron could dominate Reid in the polls and not try to split the conservative vote. Because of Scott’s love of our country he can no longer stand by and watch Sharron self-destruct and allow Harry Reid to waltz back into the Senate to do Obama's bidding.

Starting August 16th, the citizens of Nevada will see an amazing run for the US Senate Seat.

Both Reid and Angle are career politicians that attack each other on TV offering no solutions to the 163,000 Nevadans out of work.

How can you think Harry Reid or Sharron Angle will be able to create private sector jobs? They have never created any private sector jobs and they have never run a business, all they know how to do is spend YOUR hard earned money!

Scott is a career businessman, having hired hundreds of people in Nevada.  Scott knows what it takes to get the local economy going again. While the politicians talk, Scott has been starting the largest Internet marketing company in Las Vegas, hiring high tech professionals and training locals to get them ready to enter the workplace.

This is a Historic time!  Scott Ashjian is the only candidate in the US to be on the ballot this November as a Tea Party Candidate.  If you are tired of the same old career politicians doing the same old thing, (Lying to the American People) it is time to send a message to both parties!  You are both fired! We the people are starting our own party with our own candidate. We want our Country back!

If you are like most Americans and had enough of career politicians from both parties support the Real Nevada Tea Party Candidate! Vote for Scott Ashjian!

 

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 

Dear Fellow Nevadans:

My name is Jon Scott Ashjian and I’m running for the U.S. Senate. I am running because I love my country and Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are ruining it.

It is time to take our country back and I am asking you to join me in this fight.

I have been a Republican for 28 years. I am profoundly conservative, profoundly Christian, and profoundly American.

Like many of you, I have been frustrated with the political establishment on both sides and the politics-as-usual that has led to the largest national debt in our nation’s history, threatening to bankrupt our country and along with it, the American dream.

Like many of you, I have been inspired by the Tea Party Movement. I have been inspired by the millions of people who have stood up, one-by-one, and said enough is enough. I have been inspired by Sarah Palin asking people who don’t have any elected office experience or elite resumes to come out and run for office and start changing the world.

Like many of you, I have watched our movement become threatened by those who would have us fold into the Republican Party establishment. Threatened by those who are willing to compromise their core values for politics. I share the concern of Dale Robertson, one of the founding members of the Tea Party movement, when he writes:

“The Tea Party is an inspired movement of like minded Patriots, not the actions of one person, but countless Patriots acting as one. I am deeply concerned the Tea Party is becoming nothing more than a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party."

Since my candidacy was announced, those closest to me have been threatened, bullied and pressured by a Republican establishment who doesn’t believe that I – or others like me – have the right to run.

They are wrong.

Truly, the Tea Party is every one of us. Individuals, neighbors, family members rising up. And that’s just what me, my friends and family have done. When it became clear no one else was going to step up, we took to the streets of Nevada and gathered the signatures necessary to run as a true conservative Tea Party candidate.

There are those who say my candidacy will split the conservative vote. To them, I say my candidacy is the only one deserving of the conservative vote. If you are a conservative in Nevada, you have only one real choice in this race. Replacing Harry Reid with a Republican who talks a good game but will go to Washington and vote alongside their Party establishment gets us nowhere. The values and principles I fight for are non-negotiable.

I place my faith in God. I place my faith in true conservative values. I place my faith in real, everyday people willing to make a difference.

The time is now to return America to the constitutional principles that make her great.

Please join me in this fight and together we will take our country back from Harry Reid and the Washington political establishment.

Please join me in this fight and together we will get our country out of debt and back on the right track.

Please join me in this fight and together we will get our country back to the basic foundations of our constitution.

Thank you and God bless you.

Yours truly,

Jon Scott Ashjian

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About Scott Ashjian

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Jon Scott Ashjian is a hard-working local businessman, a husband, a father of three and an active member of the Las Vegas community.

In search of a better quality of life for his family, Mr. Ashjian relocated to Nevada in 1995 from California. With the family savings of $2,500, a 1988 Chevy truck, a shovel and a strong work ethic, Mr. Ashjian started a small paving company to provide for his family. Over the years, Mr. Ashjian’s paving company, A&A Asphalt, would employ up to 40 Nevada families and provide the transportation foundation for many of Southern Nevada’s residential and commercial projects.

Mr. Ashjian has been a do-it-yourself entrepreneur since he graduated South Tahoe High School in 1982. That year, he opened an auto detailing business in Bakersfield, California, a city that boasts a rich heritage of Armenian decent. It was in this city that Mr. Ashjian’s grandfather, John M. Ashjian, was a lifelong public servant in law enforcement and appointed by the Board of County Supervisors as Chief Probation Officer.

During the next four years, Mr. Ashjian would grow his auto detailing business to multiple locations in Fresno, Bakersfield and Visalia. From 1986 through 1988, Mr. A served as an honorable Christian missionary in Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon his return, he married his wife, Bonnie, and started a new auto detailing business where he worked until moving to Nevada.

Mr. Ashjian has been a lifelong conservative and Republican. This year, inspired by the Tea Party movement that is about individuals throughout our country rising up to take action and return America to her constitutional foundations, Mr. Ashjian became the first Tea Party candidate in Nevada.

Mr. and Mrs. Ashjian have raised their three amazing children in Nevada

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You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

William J. H. Boetcker, 1916 (often attributed to Lincoln) 

Tort Reform

Our Founding Fathers decided that we, as citizens of the United States of America, should be guaranteed certain rights. We often complain that the current government is trying to restrict these rights, like the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. No less important to all Americans is the Seventh Amendment which states: "In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."

Our Founding Fathers realized that the right to a trial by a jury was essential to give the people a fair way to settle disputes. They also realized this was the only way an average person who was wronged could ever compete against the rich, or the government, or big business was if the ultimate decision as to the outcome of the matter was made by the people and not a single judge. This system of justice is the cornerstone of our democracy. It prevents corruption. It prevents inequity. And it provides every citizen equal access to justice.

There is a growing movement in this country to restrict an injured person’s access to justice. Insurance companies and big business have successfully convinced many Americans that we would be better off with less access to the courts and without having a jury decide our cases. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only check we have against the power of insurance companies and big business is a trial by jury. The one thing they do not want is to let the people decide who is right. We can never give up this Constitutional right.

On the other side there must be some common sense to our judicial system. People, and businesses, should not have to spend time and money defending frivolous lawsuits. When a doctor negligently performs a surgery and causes death or injury to the person, he should be held accountable. The doctor who has been working a twenty four hour shift and amputates the wrong limb should be held responsible and the amount of damages the person receives should be determined by a jury, not by some arbitrary cap. The doctor who forgets to look at the x-ray he ordered that shows a woman has treatable cancer, and the patient dies should not get the benefit of some arbitrarily selected cap. Rather, a jury should decide how much the woman’s husband and children should be awarded for their loss. But, the doctor who makes a judgment call as to a particular type of treatment should not be held responsible if the treatment was not successful. And there should be serious ramifications for irresponsible lawsuits brought by unscrupulous lawyers looking only to get a quick settlement.

There is a simple solution to the problem of frivolous lawsuits that neither plaintiffs’ lawyers nor insurance companies and big business favor. The solution is “loser pays”! When a trial lawyer brings a lawsuit, the code of ethics requires that he affirm it is brought in good faith. The same holds true when an insurance company defends a lawsuit; the defense lawyer affirms that the defense he is asserting is meritorious. We should hold all lawyers to their word. In addition to paying all costs and attorneys fees associated with the litigation, the losing party should be ordered to pay a penalty to the winning side in an amount equal to 10% of the amount that is sought in the lawsuit. If a plaintiff is seeking one million dollars in a frivolous claim against a doctor, and the doctor wins the lawsuit, the plaintiff should be required to reimburse the doctor all of his costs and attorneys fees, and an additional penalty of $100,000 dollars. Similarly, if a doctor fails to settle a valid claim, and loses the case, he should be required to pay the plaintiff all of his costs and attorneys fees, and a penalty of $100,000 dollars, in addition to the amount the jury awards. This simple solution will solve the medical malpractice crisis without trampling our rights to a trial by jury. If the lawsuit is frivolous, the losing trial lawyer will be punished with costs, fees and a 10% penalty. But if the case is righteous, the doctor will be required to pay the full amount of the claim, and will have an incentive to settle the claim, instead of putting the family through the rigors of a trial when the claim is valid.

Trial lawyers will hate this proposal because now they will be punished for bringing frivolous lawsuits. The adverse economic consequences for a frivolous lawsuit will insure that only authentic claims are brought. This is truly the free market system at work. Advocates of insurance companies and big business constantly preach they want the free market system to be allowed to work. Except, insurance companies and big business do not want the free market system to work when it comes to lawsuits. Instead, they want the government to control the market in this one area to their benefit. The people lose when they lose their Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial to resolve their civil claims.

This is the real solution to tort reform. Loser pays. The free market works. The trial lawyers who bring the frivolous lawsuits are punished. Those truly responsible for injuring someone are held responsible. And most importantly, the people of this great country decide what is fair, not a corrupt judge or legislature. This is what those great patriots, the Founding Fathers, believed when they created the Seventh Amendment.

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Health Care

 

"It is unbelievable and inherently anti-American that Senator Reid, President Obama and Democrats in Congress disregard the wishes of the very people they were elected to represent and stand ready to shove a big-government health care bill down the throats of the American people. The bill is so bad that many Democrats don't even support it. In typical Washington fashion, they will try to buy votes for it with pork barrel promises. This is nothing more than an arrogant attempt by Obama to rule America as a Monarchy, employing special tactics in Congress to avoid having a real debate on the issue.

He knows that when exposed to the light of day, this big-government health care bill increases deficit spending and adds to our national debt. It will take 10 years of revenue to pay for 6 years of the plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Only in Washington does this math add up.

It is imperative that voters throughout Nevada stand united to change the ways of Washington; not by replacing one deficit spending party with another, but by supporting a candidate whose values are non-negotiable and will fight to balance our budget, eliminate our debt and end the corruption in Washington."

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Israel

"Israel is our greatest and most loyal ally in the Middle East. They live under the harsh reality of being a peaceful, democratic and freedom-loving country surrounded by Arab extremists who want to eliminate their way of life. Instead of giving speeches in the heart of the Arab world, in support of the Arab world, and condemning Israel over a zoning matter that is within its right as a country, the president should show strength and support for our ally.

The comments this past week by the Obama administration display a reckless disregard for our ally. It does not serve America. It does not serve Nevada. And it's just one more reason the broken political system in Washington needs to be changed." 

IAP Lawsuit UPDATE

[UPDATE]

On the ruling:

Today is a win for the voters in Nevada. This ensures conservative voters will have a real choice in November. Harry Reid has failed us. Republicans have failed us. The only way to take our country back is to put it in the hands of its conservative citizens who are willing to stand up to the entrenched politics of Washington DC. Both Republicans and Democrats are bankrupting this country. And the decision today gives Nevadans a real choice in fighting back.

On the Tea Party Express endorsement of Sharron Angle

Sharron Angle is a smart, loyal and conservative person. Her problem isn't that she's not conservative enough. Her problem is that she's part of the Republican Party who has failed us and whose conservative principles have been corrupted. The Tea Party Express and its primary funder, Our Country Deserves Better PAC, is a front group for the Republican Party which has systematically worked with Democrats to bankrupt this country. I was a Republican for 28 years and watched the party's values come and go with the times. What Nevadans need is someone they can count on whose values are non-negotiable. I intend to reach out directly to the voters who share this belief and win the conservative majority in Nevada.

IAP Lawsuit

It's kind of ironic and hypocritical of IAP to make this challenge given their history of suing to gain ballot access -- including suits involving minor party candidates who had changed their registration from the Republican party too late and were initially denied access. IAP sued and gained ballot access in both cases.

In 1974, the IAP sued to have the NV SOS place the name of its candidate for Lt. Gov. on the general election ballot. Its candidate had been registered as a Republican and changed his registration too late, but the IAP fought and won a victory for the rights of minor parties to place candidates of their choice on the ballot. Then in 1994, the IAP (Joel Hansen appearing) brought suit to ensure ballot access for seven of its candidates whom the SOS said had changed their registrations too late. Again, Nevada's minor parties won access to the ballot.

Here's what the NV Supreme Court said on its earlier case:

"The right of citizens to associate and organize for the advancement of their political beliefs, and the right of voters, regardless of their political persuasion, to cast their votes as they wish, are two of our most precious freedoms protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States."

Here are the cases: 
Long v. Swackhamer, 91 Nev. 498 (1975) 
IAP v Lau, 110 Nev. 1151 (1994)

 

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