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Tea Party Express Accuses Nevada 'Tea Party' Candidate: 'We Think You're A Fraud' (VIDEO)

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Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell told TPMDC that the spot has only been released as a Web ad for now, but could be put on TV in the next week or two if Ashjian does not drop out. "If you want this on every station every ten minutes, go for it," said Russell

Russell also raised the issue of Ashjian's recent legal troubles, having been accused of writing bad checks, and speculated that Ashjian might have to drop out of the race. "With all of the controversy that's been showing up as far as him as a candidate, I think it's becoming more and more apparent that it's basically impossible for him to become a serious competitor in this election," said Russell. "Our guess is he's going to drop out on his own, but we'll be watching over the next couple of weeks."

Ashjian could not be reached for comment.

Late Update: More on the charges against Ashjian here.