September 14th, 2010
09:51 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell unlikely to get national party money

Christine O'Donnell won the Delaware GOP Senate primary Tuesday.
Christine O'Donnell won the Delaware GOP Senate primary Tuesday.

(CNN) – Do not expect national Republicans to rally around Christine O'Donnell and infuse much needed campaign cash into her campaign for Delaware's open Senate seat. The Tea Party favorite upset establishment backed Rep. Mike Castle Tuesday evening, and GOP officials are concerned that O'Donnell has no chance of winning the seat – once held by Vice President Biden for 26 years – in November.

"Until she demonstrates some viability in the polls we are not going to have any money for her," a top Republican official told CNN. "It is now incumbent on Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and the Tea Party Express to help support her. They got her here. Now make it happen."


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. paul

    If the GOP don't back the peoples choice they should all be throwed out of office

    September 14, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Crannbery

    Wow. Another extremist is running on the republican ticket. This is going to encourage Rush Limbaugh to run for President and Pailin for vice president. Back to the stone age for America.

    September 14, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. they call me "tater salad"

    Tea Party; The parasites infesting Corruptlican primaries nationwide! "Winning general elections for the Democrats since 2008" ..........Thank's again. Yours Truly, The United States of America.

    September 14, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. J.T.

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

    September 14, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    the perfect candidate one not backed by her party

    September 14, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Jason

    I am a life long Republican and the "Party" needs to wake up. Too many people claiming to be Republican's not following the party platform. Less government, lower taxes, more individual freedom, strong military, strong moral beliefs. The Republican establishment better become more "Republican" or get voted out by their own electorate. I wish Christine tons of luck. Let's get government back under control of the people.

    September 14, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. Kenney

    I watched this Christine O'Donnell on TV. Her speech is exactly the speech of the Republican's play book. Her speech has NO SUBSTANCE or DETAIL PLANS of how to help this country.

    September 14, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. Snow

    A top Republican official says they will not support a tea party candidate. Are you kidding me? Well, we conservatives can send our money straight to O'Donnell and not to the National Republican Party for them to distribute. We reserve the right to vote for Conservatives but also reserve the right to send our money straight to the candidates. I doubt senior Republican leaders support your stupidity.

    September 14, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Chalupa

    So they want to concede to the democrat?

    September 14, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. ABM

    The money was going to go to her rent and personal items anyway. Can we say campaign finance corruption?

    September 14, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  11. Ian

    And this is why every time the GOP calls for money I tell them to take a hike. I donate directly to candidates.

    September 14, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. Mitchell

    Wow... this really demonstrates just how badly the Establishment Republicans are doing. The Establishment is going to die. People are tired of the same crap. Even if this woman doesn't win the Senate seat at least one more good ol' boy is out of office.

    September 14, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. sharon

    How amusing is this!!!! The Republicans who have spent the last 18 months doing everything they can to block everything the President has tried to do in hopes of regaining the house and senate are finding them selves the ones who are losing their seats I love it!!! You better jump on the Tea Party Wackjob Express It is leaving the station and your party behind. Karma!!!!!!!! Now you are in a position to have to fund theses looney tunes. Good Luck!!!!

    September 14, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. RedRaider93

    Stupid idiots, cutting off their noses to spite their elitist faces. Country club types don't like letting the "rabble" into running things. We're supposed to sit down, shut up and be ruled. Well to hell with that! We are tired of business as usual, status quo politics. Death to all RINOs!

    And the people of America WILL support such candidates, and you party "leaders" will be the next on the electoral hit list!

    September 14, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Steven Zupp

    I'll tell you why you have no money for her. Because you guys can see an end coming to the party that you've been having for a very long time at the cost of the American people. I'd tell you to keep your damn money. It's probably dirty money to begin with. Thats real nice you won't support one of your own just because she ousted one your buddies. Parties over Big wigs. Did you think the American people weren't serious about getting rid of same old same old?
    Step aside....We're coming in.

    September 14, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Jeff

    She is going to be one high maintenance candidate. Better tell David and Charles Koch to get out the old checkbook and they can always count on News Corp (fox news) for a few bucks.

    September 14, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  17. Aaron

    She'll likely get the money from the handlers oh her, Palin, and Beck....the funders of the Tea Party....the billionaire Koch brothers.

    September 14, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. Steven Zupp

    Hey Obama and the rest of you libs and Dems...Here WE THE PEOPLE COME!!!!
    LOL.
    Step aside...We're coming in!!!!

    September 14, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Foxfan

    I don't understand those people can't they see the different polls number between Mike Castles and hers or is that Demos set up to win in november??????

    September 14, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  20. slozomby

    call me crazy, but running with the slogan "i got no money from either the republican or democratic national parties" seems like a good thing.

    September 14, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  21. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Be careful what you wish for. The Koch brothers have deep pockets.

    September 14, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. sharon

    KaRL ROVE, ARE YOU LOSING YOUR INFLUENCE?? DID SHE TELL YOU TO GET LOST??? lol lol lol MAYBE YOUR WINNING BY TERROR AND THREATS WON'T WORK WITH THE TEA PARTY. Maybe the Republican party that will win is not the Republican party you control.Although I would think that you would support that idiot from Nevada, Angle, because she said if the elections don't go as you want them to, exercise you 2nd amendment rights That soundws like a threat and threats are what you are all about. A year ago I never thought people as nuts as Michelle Bachman would ever win races but look what has happened. Evidently there are a lot of looney tunes who are running for office and winning. What an interesting Congress this will be.

    September 14, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. Foxfan

    Look at her polls and Mike's poll below.

    Election 2010: Delaware Senate

    Mike Castle (R)
    48%
    Chris Coons (D)
    37%

    Christine O'Donnell (R)
    36%
    Chris Coons (D)
    47%

    September 14, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. matthew

    This is about right. our political leaders favoring who will win and not who is right for the job! This is not about if you are a democrat or a republican working for the american people anymore

    September 14, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  25. chinook15

    Maybe that top Republican Official needs to understand that the people have spoken in the primary and if the GOP can't get on the bus and support the peoples choice, then the people will take their money elsewhere. We are all tired of his partisian political mess. We send Congress to DC to work for us, now we get the feeling that if "We the People" do not get in line with the Party the Party will take it's money and go back inside the beltway. You better come home and listen to us. First we want to get some balance in Congress. Next we will throw out all incumbents and then who knows if Congress continues to act like petulant children maybe "We the People" will think about Term Limits.

    September 14, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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