September 14th, 2010
05:24 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell campaign calls GOP 'desperate'

Christine O'Donnell's campaign called the Delaware GOP Party's last-minute attacks against her a sign of desperation.
Christine O'Donnell's campaign called the Delaware GOP Party's last-minute attacks against her a sign of desperation.

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.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Drew Williams

    I do like it when conservatives feast upon their own.

    September 14, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. June in Chicago

    Ms. Murray should be interviewed. I suspect CNN is trying to arrange this, correct? If O'Donnell did do what she is accused of, it has to come out. Even if she loses today, this is embezzlement and she should be dealt with accordingly. That is, unless there is a different set of rules for politicians. If it is a lie, then she should take action against Murray. Plain and simple.

    September 14, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Peter s

    Lets just sit down and enjoy the circus!! its free no entrance fee!!

    September 14, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Dano

    Since when has living off campaign donations been frowned on by the GOP? Just check out Marco Rubio in Florida. He and his whole family have been doing just that for years. Many other Florida GOP politicians have been doing the same thing. They treat campaign contributions as their personal bank account.

    September 14, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Valerie from Raleigh

    It is important to this country that we have two strong political parties. However, with the Republican candidates being supported and selected by the Tea Party, my only comment is "What in the world is wrong with you?" and, are you actually trying to lose the seat?

    September 14, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Cindy

    So explain to me again... was it the Dems in trouble, or the Repubs?

    Seems to me, the GOP been hijacked this year... by crazy people.

    September 14, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Her former REPUBLICAN associate is the voice of an ad placed by who? Where's is the reporting on this insteadd of the gossip rag stuff.
    Is it the Democrats or Repubicans the don;t like her behind this ad?
    Based on her "poor me" response, i would n;t be sirprised if she didn't pay for herself!

    September 14, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ah, YES, desperate to WIN and they WON'T if you win O'Donnell!!! Yet that 'desperate' will go to SHAME when either one of the RepubliCAN'Ts win in November!!!

    America – vote – DEMOCRAT in November!!!

    September 14, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. James in Columbia MO

    Is the Republican base really so gullible that all you have to do is say "establishment" and "elite" that they'll vote for any unqualified wacko on the basis that they're outside of the system? Hey, maybe we should all vote a straight pedophile ticket – can't get much more outside the system than that.

    September 14, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Big Ed

    What a tool!!!

    September 14, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. mario

    am i missing something, isn't she running as a republican, i thought that was the gop?

    September 14, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Charles W. Skinner

    This is nothing more than a cheap shot by the GOP "leadership" trying to make sure that they don't lose ANOTHER primary to the Conservative MAJORITY that is sweeping through the party.

    One too many RINOs have been in congress for too long, and after the disasterous last 4 years of Democrat Control of Congress, the Conservatives have finally stood up and said enough. Expect to see between 5 and 7 new Tea Party faces in the Senate, and likely 25 to 30 new Tea Party faces in the House of Representatives, plus 30 or more Republicans displacing marginal Democrat members being thrown out for badly representing Conservative districts.

    September 14, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Michael Price

    Yeah, a couple of years ago this person was good enough.. but now the Rino Party of the north wants their own guy. One female political hack who bounced from job to job in politics is saying that she knows that O'Donnell would be just like her if she had to? Rinos are much, much than Donkeys.

    September 14, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    Yea, the GOP is desperate. They have done NOTHING all year and have NOTHING positive to offer America. Now they have a bunch of lunatic extremists who are racist, ignorant, tote guns everywhere and want to walk into Congress and rip apart our government – like repeal the Civil Rights Act, Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment benefts, end public education and shut down public schools, legalize prostitution and a whole list of idiot ideas that don't have anything to do with the current issues the PEOPLE are facing.

    We must get this Party of Hate out of our government and make sure the common sense Democrats who have been working hard for YOU all year get the Majority again. We need our economy speeded up and more jobs created faster and the more Democrats we have the faster the middle class wil recover and bring back the America we all love.

    September 14, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |