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. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    OMG... What a pathetic sore loser this fool is! Not one ounce of class. I guess you thought you were entitled to this Senate seat huh? Well guess what? YOU"RE FIRED FOR BAD JOB PERFORMANCE! Now go sign up for unemployment like the millions you have helped put out of work...LOSER!

    September 15, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    what's that saying about grapes and a severe lack of sweetness?

    September 15, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. JFS

    Stand your ground Mike. These folks are trying to hijack the party of Lincoln, Dirkson, Eisenhower, and yes ...even Regan. We true GOPers are finding new homes...and it ain't within the TEA PARTIE'S Families. Guess they need to LOSE BIG for the Republicans before we can stop these nut cases.

    September 15, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Anita in AZ

    And the republican cannibalism begins. I'll get the popcorn.

    September 15, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You've gotta love this republican infighting. The destruction of the republican party bought to you by the lunatic fringe of the republican party. HaHaHa!

    September 15, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. bill

    smart man.looks like a big win for dems in nov.if americans vote for tea party idiots.i wii move to canada.

    September 15, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thank you to all the stupid people who voted for tea party nuts! This November will be great for the Democrats!

    September 15, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. rs

    I am sooooo glad Republicans and big oil have produced and fund the Tea Party.

    September 15, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that this race was nasty and filled with vile ads, it isn't surprising that Castle would feel that way.

    September 15, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. LucyRicky3

    O'Donnell doesn't need Castle's endorsement! The days of the "Good Ole Boys" is over!! The voters have spoken for better or worse, but they have spoken. The media has blasted the Tea Party for 18 months and that has invigorated them even more. Mr. Castle need not apply to endorse Ms. O'Donnell. She will do it on her own, thank you.

    September 15, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    What a sore loser. You lost, get over it.

    September 15, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Austin

    Good. He Shouldn't. She's a sociopath, just like Palin, with no grasp of right and wrong, or of fair play. There is being a good winner, being a good loser, and being a good campaigner; she is none of these things. Funny that she's in a little spat now with Karl Rove, the guy who basically invented the pure-mudslinging, win-no-matter-the-cost style of slimy campaigning that she's adopted.

    Primaries are for activists, but elections are for the masses. People will remember the things she's said and how she conducts herself, and when the rest of them come out in November, she'll find out what the state really thinks of her.

    September 15, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Eric

    Way to stay classy, Castle.

    This just proves the man was always a self-interested, cocktail-party RINO party-insider at heart and never held conservative values to begin with.

    THIS kids, is exactly the kind of ilk this year's political battle is all about: removing as many of these destructive "gentlemen" as possible.

    September 15, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Me

    She said her campaign misled* 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."

    Really?!? I thought that was the GoP gameplan for the Democrats...not each other. No, they were supposed to run an honest campaign in the primary and bring out the big lies and scare tactics for Obama and the Democrats.

    September 15, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. chill

    There's a reason those people worked against you, so don't hold your breath.

    September 15, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Mark

    That's right Castle do not indorse christine..she is a loony toon. But you know it was the Republicans with all this fear and hate that created the teaparty movement so they deserve all they get!!! These teaparty folks is going to run those othe repubs out of town. I just love it!!!

    September 15, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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."

    Come on CHRISTINE – do you really think???

    The person that got you in this mess is the PA'IN and it's too late now, you will lose in November because you do not represent ALL OF THE PEOPLE!!! Period!!

    Remember, these races are LOCAL – DEMOCRATS in Delaware you need to STATE the CASE and UNITE the BASE and we will WIN this RACE in November!!

    September 15, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. stevegee

    Sore loser! So go endorse your Unemployment Check then.

    Castle is a career politician who has been fired by the people of Delaware. O'Donnell represents new blood in the party, and she will renew the conservative principles that the RNC had lost sight of.

    Go Christine, go Tea Party, go new Republican candidates!

    September 15, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Grow up, Castle. You're poor attitude makes you look almost like a democrat. Oh wait... you ARE almost a democrat. Never mind.

    September 15, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Let's see, 8 steps to a logical conclusion:
    1) Castle has a brain -–CHECK!
    2) Castle uses his brain -–CHECK!
    3) O'Donnell has a brain -–CHECK! of what species is debatable
    4) O'Donnell doesn't use her brain -–CHECK!
    5) O'Donnell is a teabagger bent on American FAILURE --CHECK!
    6) A majority of voting DE [R]s do not use their brains -–CHECK!
    7) A majority of DE [R]s voted for FAILURE -–CHECK!
    8) Castle does not endorse inevitable FAILURE -–CHECK!

    September 15, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't under estimate the power of Republicans and Castle is no newcomer to the political arena of powerful Republicans.

    September 15, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Steve (the real one)

    Castle's behavior, as well as the behavior of the NRNC is nothing but disrespect towards the voters. In my opinion this just validates the selection of the Tea party candidate rather than the establishment candidate! The voters have felt the GOP is not responsive to them anymore and the current behavior of the losers as well as the NRNC simply vindicates the voters. The true test however is in November! Castle wants to sit this out, his right. It just makes it appear it was all about Castle and no one else! Same thing goes for McCollum in Florida! I understand being disappointed with the lost but, what about respecting the voters?

    September 15, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Awwww, poor loser.

    September 15, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Bruce

    By him not endorcing O'Donnell, he is implying that Coons is his man even though he says he's not. Smart politician!!

    September 15, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Steve- Illinois

    The Republican party hierarchy just doesn't get it. People are sick and tired of politicians placing their political parties ahead of their constituents! The Republican party can choose to ignore the will of the majority of republican voters in Delaware, but, if it does, this will turn out to be a huge mistake! These candidates were selected by the voters! If the Republican party takes the stand that the voters of Delaware are not capable of picking their own candidates, then the Republicans in Delaware should stop donating money, or supporting any party backed candidates, in any way! Maybe Castle lost because he's a career politician! Maybe Castle lost because the majority of Republican voters in Delaware DON"T WANT HIM to represent them!
    Maybe the Republican party, and the career politicians, had better wake up to the fact that elections are for the people to decide who represents them!

    September 15, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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