Dover, Delaware (CNN) - The Christine O'Donnell campaign is blasting the Delaware Republican party for launching a robocall attacking her on Election Day. O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran tells CNN the robocall "is yet another desperate, blatantly false claim and act by a big spending, liberal, career politician and his ruling class elite."
By "career politician" he's referring to O'Donnell's Republican opponent - nine term Republican Congressman and former Delaware Governor Mike Castle.
In the robocall - calling likely Republican voters - a woman identifying herself as Kristin Murray, campaign manager for O'Donnell's 2008 the Senate bid, accuses O'Donnell of "living on campaign donations" and alleges O'Donnell "just wanted to make a buck," and "is no conservative."
The O'Donnell team says it's all sour grapes. Moran says in 2008 Kristin Murray was fired as O'Donnell's campaign manager after just two weeks. And he alleges that when Murray worked for the state Republican party she was also fired for incompetence by Tom Ross, the party's chair. The state GOP won't discuss employment history but a top Republican source tells CNN that Ross was happy with Murray's work.
It's highly unusual for a party to launch a robocall against a candidate in their own party but especially unusual in this case. Just two years ago the Delaware Republican party nominated O'Donnell to face Joe Biden in the 2008 Senate race.
This time the state party is backing Castle after he beat O'Donnell at the state Republican convention in May. They clearly don't want her walking away with a primary victory. National Republican leaders are convinced O'Donnell can't win the general election and a victory by her today would allow a Democratic win in the state which could determine the balance of power in November.
As for the charge that O'Donnell misappropriated campaign funds in 2008? Matt Moran denies it and adds if there had been a problem Kristin Murrray "should have filed her grievance with proper authorities long before the day prior to the primary." Accusations like this have dogged O'Donnell throughout the campaign; in fact her official website includes "rebuttals" to a list of accusations alleging personal financial improprieties by O'Donnell.