September 14th, 2010
09:04 PM ET
4 years ago

ANALYSIS: Robo-calls against O'Donnell should have started sooner, GOP strategist says

 CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

(CNN) - A GOP strategist working on behalf of Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's GOP primary for Senate said he wishes robo-calls against Tea Party favorite and Castle opponent Christine O'Donnell had been made earlier, according to CNN senior political analyst Gloria Borger.

The robo-calls, released by the state GOP, allege that O'Donnell was living off her campaign donations and failed to pay staffers. O'Donnell has denied the allegations.

Some establishment Republicans have said they believe Castle has a better chance of winning the general election, which would let the GOP pick up a seat currently held by Democrats and possibly help Republicans take control of the Senate.

Borger said she asked a GOP strategist working on Castle's behalf what he would do differently in this race.

"You know, I would have run those robo-calls earlier against Christine O'Donnell," Borger said she was told by the strategist, who she did not name.

"So, it shows you how tense this is and how tough this is, because Republicans are not fooling around here. They want to win back control of the Senate, and Republicans in Washington are saying, 'She's not going to do it for us,' " Borger said.

In the robo-call - calling likely Republican voters and released by the state Republican party - a woman identifying herself as O'Donnell's campaign manager for her 2008 Senate bid accuses O'Donnell of "living on campaign donations" and alleges O'Donnell "just wanted to make a buck" and "is no conservative." O'Donnell's campaign has denied she misappropriated campaign funds in 2008.


Filed under: 2010 • Analysis • Delaware • Gloria Borger
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Ethics violations Palin Jr????? Even BEFORE you are in office ?????

    September 14, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  2. jon

    O'Donnell sounds like an idiot – but then so do most people running for office this year. If anyone ever says anything remotely sounding like it actually makes some sense, I almost fall off of my chair. What a bunch of loonies we have for our so-called representatives! Our government is a bunch of crazies.

    September 14, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ah, too LATE Rubio!!

    If the Democrats DO NOT get FIRED UP and READY to GO in November – we deserve to LOSE!!!

    DEMOCRATS – STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE and WIN this RACE in November!!!

    September 14, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Oops, I meant "too Late ROBO – and Rubio was definitely NOT on my mind!!

    September 14, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Keith in NC

    This is why the new "third party" will soon become the Republican Party.

    These RINO's just don't get it and you are no better off voting for one of them as you are voting for a democrat.

    September 14, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Marvin

    "ANALYSIS: Robo-calls against O'Donnell should have started sooner, GOP strategist says"

    Lies and slander should have started sooner???

    The old Republicans need to realize which way the wind blows. Lead, follow or get out of the way!!!

    September 14, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Barry

    The Republican Party will embrace her. She will win in November like the majority of Republicans will.

    September 14, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. jim

    So the folks at CNN have determined this O'donnell lady is not a worthy candidate for Delaware and she doesn't stand a chance against the Democrat.We shall see come Nov.

    September 14, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    America, as a reaction to President Obama's Impossibly Irrational Dream of community-organizer Utopia, today rang bells, blew whistles, and voted TILT!

    September 14, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    O'Donnell could be a good choice to face a Democrat and LOSE! There are a number of questions about her that were raised.

    September 14, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Barbara Utterback

    Where are the political moderates of either party. What happened to the loyal opposition. We have too much to do in our congress and senate not to compromise.

    September 14, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. roy

    There is a strong wind blowing across our land ....And we are taking it back from the Obama liberal crowd. The Democrats are running scared , Bye Bye you tax and spenders!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |