Former Tea Party Senate Candidate Sharron Angle Backing Duane Sand

So far perennial federal candidate Duane Sand hasn’t found a lot of enthusiasm in North Dakota for his 4th bid to be elected to Congress. His fundraising report from earlier this year showed only lackluster numbers, including contributions from just 8 citizens of North Dakota.

But there does seem to be some support for Sand outside of North Dakota. It’s long been rumored that groups like Club for Growth had been courting him to run, and now former “tea party” Senate candidate from Nevada Sharron Angle is fundraising for him according to David Cantanese:

Sharron Angle is going with another underdog in a U.S. Senate primary, backing retired Navy Cmdr. Duane Sand’s bid in North Dakota.

A fundraising appeal sent out Thursday noted that Rep. Rick Berg “was the the ONLY Republican seeking a seat in the Senate that voted yes for Obama’s debt deal.”

The 2010 Nevada Senate candidate continued, “Heritage Foundation recently gave Berg a score of just 58 percent on their Conservative Scorecard. That’s lousy.”

This move isn’t surprising. It looks like Sand has marketed his fundraising connections to Angle previously.

“Sand has a bit of a reputation as a gadfly,” writes Catanese noting Sand’s three previous runs for Congress, the last of which (2008) he lost by 24 points to Rep. Earl Pomeroy who was subsequently knocked off in the next cycle by current Rep. Rick Berg.

The guy who Sand wants to wrest the NDGOP’s Senate nomination from.

Sand has made noises about forcing Berg past the nominating convention, which traditionally chooses North Dakota’s candidates, to a ballot primary and if he has the backing of out of state money he may well be able to make good on that threat. But national conservative interests would do well to tread lightly. As imperfect as Berg has been from the perspective of conservatives, I just don’t sense that there’s the level of discontent with his job performance that made these primary challenge efforts popular in the last cycle (Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, etc.).

Nor is Sand the sort of inspiring candidate who could carry such an effort, I think.

I, of course, welcome all comers to the nomination process. I think the competition makes for better candidates overall. But if Angle and others are betting on Sand, it’s a long shot.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Jamermorrow

     hahahahahahahaha. Seriously running again? What a waste of time and money. Does he hate the private sector that bad?

    • Rob

      He’s desperate to serve in Washington.  And, frankly, I’m a little skeptical of someone who wants power that bad.

      • Jamermorrow

        Yea me too. Move on with your life, my god buddy.

      • E4if

        Rob.  I don’t disagree with you very often, but the political winds were blowing the other way when Berg defeated Pomeroy.  Duane Sand probably could have beat Pomeroy in 2010.  Hell, a drunk monkey could have beat Pomeroy.  You know as well as I do Rob that North Dakotans don’t do a lot of studying before we vote, we vote for whoever is popular at the time.  Now, having said that, Berg is going to be tough to beat without a doubt.  I love the fact that Berg is a businessman instead of a lifelong politician.  thats’s a plus in my book.  but I will vote for the more conservative candidate, and Duane is truly that.  No matter who wins though, it will be better than any democrat.

  • Game

    Could anything better reflect how far the “Tea Party” brand has fallen than this? In the same week that Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin chooses not to run, tea party caucus founder Michelle Bachmann is polling at 3%, and Tea Party target Mitt Romney appears to be the clear front runner, the chicken for health care lady is endorsing a candidate as unappealing as Duane Sand?

    I think the party is over.

    • realitybasedbob

      Don’t forget Rubio claimed he will not be a VEEP, Christie vowed not to be a candidate and a Dem won the W V gubernatorial special election.

  • Dallas

    I’ve always been real nervous about a military that’s had someone like Duane with his finger close to a nuclear trigger.

    Actually, he and Sharon would match-up intellectually. 

    Game, you’re right.  The Tea Party has tanked… Dallas

    • D17

      You don’t know what you are talking about, I hope your lame post has made you feel better though.

  • borborygmi

    Sharon Angle ………That should really help him.   Masochist.

  • NDSuperman

    The Sandman is hard to like.  I’ve met Sand and I may agree with him more than Berg, but the guy lacks charisma and is arrogant …and that latter one is an Obama quality.

  • melissapaulik

    Sand just doesn’t give me the feeling that he understands a depth and breadth of issues and has the strength of ideas to make much of a difference. I’ve been less than impressed with his public appearances. Plus, he keeps using the mantra that Berg was the only one in the house running for the senate that voted for the bill. I keep asking how many were in the house had declared themselves candidate for the senate that voted against the bill? I can’t imagine that many. As much as I didn’t like Rick’s vote, Sand’s statement seems disingenuous. 

    At the end of the day, I don’t think Berg is a problem as much as Boehner is.

  • noblindersonme

    Duane Sand impressed me  for about 5 minutes when he first came on the scene , and as a young man who came back to ND to  live and serve the state he grew up in , And he wasa  miltary vet ! He had a lot going for him!  so what did he do ? did he decide to run for the school board , or mayor of his town ? Did he decide instead to maybe run for the state legislature and get his feet wet while learning how state and local govt works? Hell no  !!  Old Duane wanted to start  at the top !!! He wanted to be called senator right away!!!
     Did Duane expect to be ADMIRAL!  right away when he joined the Navy?? Well no . I assume he expected to work his way up!!
     NO!  Duane wanted to jump to the head of the line without any experience or knowledge of the workings of this state . What ,for instance , did he know at all about farming – ND’s #1 industry! Nothing really , but he had the chutzpah to think he did not  need to be qualified at all. but had he spent 10 years in Bismarck  learning what ND needs in a leader , HE WOULD HAVE BEEN QUALIFIED BY NOW!!! But hell no , he has played the perennial Don Quixote riding his donkey/ass around the state pleading with the citizens to take him seriously . Well Duane getting your ass! kicked so many times should have taught you another lesson.

    • noblindersonme

      As much as I do not respect Ms. Grande and her views , at least she has made a respectable record of duty and service to her state in the legislature and in other areas. And Kalk also decided to start elsewhere to get some experience in govt , NOT at the top!
       And Pam G , with her looong record of public service may be getting the most voters attention!