Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party is promising hard work for Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign, only his statement never mentioned her by name.
Tom Ross was a harsh and frequent critic of O'Donnell's tea party-backed campaign in the Republican primary, going so far as to say she "could not be elected dogcatcher" who couldn't win in November.
But after O'Donnell's upset win, Ross put out a carefully worded statement Thursday morning say he has assured the national party leaders all candidates will "have as much support as possible'.
"The Delaware Republican Party plans on doing what it does every election year – working hard for our candidate," he said.
The statement mentions he reached out to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which means support for O'Donnell's campaign. But her name did not appear anywhere in the 134-word statement.
Ross, amid speculation he would step down from his job after O'Donnell's win over Rep. Mike Castle said, "I will honor my commitment to our party's grassroots activists and continue to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party in Delaware.
He wrote, "After a hard fought primary it is time to come together and unite over our shared principles and determination to rescue our economy from the destructive policies advanced by Democrats."
Noting the large numbers of Republican voters in the primary, Ross said, "the winds of change are blowing hard in Delaware and together we can take our state and country back."