Christine O Donnell

September 13, 2010 by staff 

Christine O Donnell, Tuesday primaries in seven states and the District of Columbia to the promise, speaks volumes about the mood of the country. But nowhere are the emotions that sometimes reach into Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, a favorite tea party backed by Sarah Palin is giving the veteran Representative Mike Castle of the political career race for the Republican nomination for Senate Vice President Joe Biden old seat.

Last night, public policy polling released a poll showing the two were neck and neck among likely voters in the primaries, with O’Donnell in 47% and 44% Castillo, within 3.8 percentage margin of the survey point of failure. That’s a big drop Castillo, a veteran politician from Delaware, which has been widely expected to win easily. What happened? “That is largely a product of 55 percent of voters in his party by saying that I think is too liberal, compared with 37% who think he is more or less,” PPP said in the summary of the survey. The race has become a competition between the tea party and the Republican establishment.

In the conservative Weekly Standard, writes about John McCormack, 2005 O’Donnell gender discrimination lawsuit.

Court documents obtained Saturday by The Weekly Standard revealed startling new details about gender discrimination and unjustified termination lawsuit filed by Christine O’Donnell in 2005 against his former employer, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative nonprofit Delaware-based. * O ‘Donnell, who is now a moderate challenge Congressman Mike Castle on September 14, Delaware Senate Republican primary, sought and 6.95 million in damages. In a lawsuit, which extensively detailed the “mental anguish” he suffered after allegedly being demoted and fired because of her gender. And, though he had a college degree until this year, O’Donnell implied that it was taking master classes at the University of Princeton in 2003.

O’Donnell alleged involvement in a July 1, 2005 complaint filed in the district court that had been degraded due to ISI conservative philosophy dictated that women should be subordinate to men. She claimed she was fired when she contacted the Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity regarding his demotion. ISI Delaware News Journal said he had been “fired for operating a business for profit.”

Political David Catanese writes that the Republican establishment is trying to discredit O’Donnell, and the threat of another surprise like that overthrew the Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. (Cantanese also writes about the poll numbers this morning.)

O’Donnell’s newfound fame and the promotion of Alaska as an inspiration, however, has proved to be both a blessing and a curse. Although Miller won his campaign and inspired both conservatives Tea Party to believe in the possibility of defeating Castillo, a titan of political Delaware has held elective office almost continuously for more than 40 years, also removes the element of surprise that existed in Alaska and sounded the alarm at the national and state GOP establishment.

“Everyone tolerates Christine species and is now become a target. She was the best candidate as illegal. Basically I think the national publicity has been exposed,” said Bill Lee, a former judge and Republican candidate in two times for governor who shared the ticket with O’Donnell in 2008 during his second race for the Senate. “He probably had a better chance before the Tea Party got into town, the whole nation has focused on its shortcomings.”

These failures “have been featured on most days by the State party, which began unloading on O’Donnell shortly after the primaries in Alaska and has not stopped since.’s News releases are published almost daily, taking into account their tax problems, unpaid bills university thousands of dollars in campaign debts and flagrant errors repeatedly about their performance in the 2008 campaign against then-Sen. Joe Biden.

Amy Gardner in The Washington Post says that in a different time, unlike other races where the Republican Party has offered the tea party an awkward hug, the Republican Party is fighting for. ”

The reason, Republican state officials argue, is that O’Donnell is simply not qualified to hold office. The two-time losing candidate against then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. – whose old seat, she and the castle are looking for – O’Donnell has a documented history of financial difficulties in the Wilmington News Journal that includes an assessment of the IRS, almost a foreclosure on your mortgage and a dispute with his alma mater for not paying college expenses. She has a small campaign operation, and most of the year, received virtually no financial support base in Delaware.

What O’Donnell has is the support of Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint (RS.C.) and the Tea Party Express. Your support has its place in the national political map not to mention striking distance of upsetting Castillo on Tuesday.

Her Republican critics say it would almost certainly lose, as moderate in Delaware, against Democrat Chris Coons in November. That raises the stakes for the tea party that is bent on reforming the Republican Party, even if it means losing seats. It also raises the question whether the uneasy alliance between the tea party and the Republican Party is coming to an end.

Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times writes that not long ago, “Castillo seemed almost certain to cross to victory, since its half-way record voting had served him well for years in the heavily Democratic state.

But the mood and the anti-traditional reaction to Obama’s policies have helped turn conservative challenge O’Donnell. Recently won the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and a commitment to 250,000 of the Tea Party Express.

The state Republican Party has made a big push back against what he calls the influence outside the city of the national tea party “movement.” Critics highlight the shortcomings of O’Donnell as a perennial candidate who has accumulated debts of the campaign, misstated his college degree and suggested in an interview that political opponents because of his home at night.

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