September 15th, 2010
12:51 PM ET
4 years ago

Castle won't endorse O'Donnell

A spokesperson for Delaware Rep. Mike Castle said he would not endorse Christine O’Donnell for Senate.
A spokesperson for Delaware Rep. Mike Castle said he would not endorse Christine O’Donnell for Senate.

(CNN) – The campaign of former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Mike Castle says there is "zero" chance he endorses his formal rival Christine O'Donnell.

According to Kate Dickens, spokeswoman for the Castle for Senate Campaign there is also, "zero chance that he endorses Coons."

After winning the GOP primary Tuesday night, Christine O'Donnell will face Democrat Chris Coons in the November general election.

Dickens told CNN that O'Donnell will not receive Castle's endorsement because of "the personal attacks on him and his family."

She said her campaign mislead voters about Castle's record for the last year.

"We know what the said about the Congressman and his family and his record and his marriage," Dickens said. "This was the basis of her campaign, lying and scaring people."

"That's a shame," O'Donnell told CNN in response to the news that she won't receive Rep. Castle's endorsement. She said she's "sorry to hear that," but that she remains optimistic.

"If they worked as hard for me as they did against me we could definitely win," O'Donnell said. "I know we can win this even if the establishment doesn't get behind me."

The end of the primary clearly has not brought an end to the bitterness and acrimony of the campaign. When asked whether, given his opinion of O'Donnell, Castle is concerned she'll become a U.S. Senator Dickens said simply, "she won't."


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Mike Castle
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. JES

    Castle you are just a sore loser.

    Great way to divide the party glad you didn't win.

    We don't want losers in DC we want people with fresh idea's and who listen to the voters.

    That goes both ways with the DEM's and REPUB's.

    September 15, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. gt

    sore looser....

    September 15, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. susie

    Castle wasn't to nice to her either.

    September 15, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. No Incumbents

    Castle has proven that he is worse than a RINO. He is a sore loser trying to sabotage the GOP nominee chosen by the voters. Castle's sense of entitlement is disgusting. The people own the seat, not a worn-out career politician looking for another line on his political resume.

    September 15, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Peter s

    Mike Castle! Sir, you can still win run as an independent!!

    September 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. guest

    I find it interesting that Ms. O'Donnell ran as an anti-establishment candidate and is now asking the establishment to "work as hard for me as they did against me." Isn't that a little hypocritical?

    September 15, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Tulsa

    Personal attacks is all the GOP and for that matter the Teabaggers have.
    No plan, nothing but fear, lies and personal attacks. No thanks.

    September 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. vic, Nashville TN

    Republican’s primary sending a wrong massage there is no place for good ,smart and experience people in the party Florida, Kentucky, Nevada, Alaska ,Utah and Delaware

    September 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. barbara

    personal attacks on him and his family? kidding right? Like he hasnt been around long enough to learn how to muddy up the opposition. he needs to stop wining, big baby and sore loser.

    September 15, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. nini

    No wonder GOP lost the majority and the WH, GOP has gone against everything Ronald Reagen's GOP stood for.

    This is a clear example.

    September 15, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Orlando Patriot

    Sad that Castle cannot support what the PEOPLE want. This just confirms why he was not wanted in the first place. He is a loser with a loser character. Good riddance......

    September 15, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. betterdays

    Hey Castle: You lost. Technically, that makes you a loser. However, it sounds like your campaign workers are even bigger losers. I don't think O'Donnell would gain much from your endorsement anyway, especially if the rest of your followers are as bitter as that spokeswoman seems to be. Or maybe she really speaks for you personally, and not for your "campaign."

    Now take your deflated ball and go home.

    September 15, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. LucyRicky3

    Hey CNN !! Why don't you want any more comments on the Castle endorsement?? I think one hour is enough time to await posting my comment! You are beginning to really show your TRUE political colors. What happened to the media being center of the road? The American people now see how your game is played.

    September 15, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Snow

    This RINO did far more attacking that Christine. Oh well, she does not need the endorsement of a RINO.

    September 15, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Ben in Texas

    Here's another "party first" guy. If he believes everything he said about O'Donnell (and there is plenty of reason to fear what she will try to do to our country), he should endorse Coons. Castle shows himself to be one who puts party before honor and country by is inaction.

    He deserves to have lost.

    September 15, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Peter E

    CNN is trying to sensationalize what are otherwise not all that impressive victories. People think the Tea Party is a huge contender that's overturning government by knocking out seat after seat. This ignores the fact that over 90% of incumbents who ran for re-election won their primaries so far. (guess what's going to happen in November also) The Tea Party didn't even run/back any candidate in most elections. Also, while there were a few highly publicized upsets, most of the Tea Party backed candidates were actually also the republican establishment backed candidates. Overall the Tea Party's victories are but a few percentage of the whole, and many of those victories themselves are victories for the establishment too.
    CNN, get your facts straight!

    September 15, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Ibrahim

    Love it ! A house divided into two cannot and will not stand

    September 15, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Kojo

    Good riddance then.......!!!

    September 15, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Angus McDugan

    Because he thought his good-ol'-boy network in the republican party would support him running as an independent. This guy is as big of a self-absorbed all-about-me politician as Charlie Crist.

    September 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Hey Mike Castle now what?

    "Your Fired!"

    Why don't you go to Disney World and plan your retirement and sign up for Social Security.

    Bye Bye.....

    Ps. To all of the remaining incumbents of congress your next... come November. Republican or Democrat....here's your pink slip how’s that feel?

    September 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Good why should he after her Nutjob supporters made death threats.

    September 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Laura, Boston

    I seem to recall hearing that BOTH candidates went negative against one another.

    Too bad Mr. Castle can't be a true Southern gentleman and concede gratiously.

    I am glad that other Republicans such as Mitt Romney and Michael Steele are endorsing her. She will be a great asset in the Senate.

    September 15, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Shawn-GA

    Sad sad man

    September 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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