October 1st, 2010
05:35 PM ET
4 years ago

National Republicans Wonder Why No O'Donnell TV Ads

Washington (CNN) – It's no secret that there is no love lost between national Republicans and their GOP Senate candidate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has only contributed a minimal amount of money to her campaign, and Republican officials in Washington still do not think she can beat the Democrat, Chris Coons.

But O'Donnell's popularity in the Tea Party movement and among other conservatives nationwide has drawn a flood of money into her campaign coffers. Aides say she's raised millions since her surprise GOP primary win in mid-September.

That's why a senior Republican official told CNN that GOP strategists are scratching their heads, wondering why O'Donnell's campaign has not used her fundraising cash yet to air any television ads promoting her campaign.

We put that question to a source close to O'Donnell, who insisted that she will be "on the air very soon."

The source, who asked not to be identified discussing internal strategy, said O'Donnell's first ads are in production now.

"We're going to go up, and we're going to go up big...and when she goes up, she's not coming down," said the O'Donnell source, who would only say that her ads will try to portray the "real Christine O'Donnell."

Delaware does not have its own television market, so most of the ads will be placed on Philadelphia stations, which is a rather expensive big city market.

Still, the O'Donnell source insisted money is not a factor in the campaign's decision to delay its ad campaign. Instead, her advisers wanted to take time to get a sound strategy in place.

"Money is not an object for sure," said the O'Donnell source, "we needed time to prepare budgets, hire a staff, and we didn't want to slap something on the air quickly."


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • NRSC
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    I have two other possible explanations for her not putting ads up yet.
    1. She's saving the money for her mortgage after she loses the race.
    2. She's trying to buy one of Carrie Prajean's tapes to illustrate the evils of 'self lust' but Carrie won't sell. Got family values?

    October 1, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    Just like most religious people... they use god's name to get money for their own selfish needs.

    October 1, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Steve

    Given her past actions, I can only assume she is making sure she has her living expenses for the next couple of years covered before she bothers to buy ad time...

    October 1, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    She's probably still trying to decide about the ingredients that would be most useful in vanquishing the opponent... Eye of newt or wing of bat..?

    October 1, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. cisco4

    What would O'Donnell say in a TV add.?.... That she wants to vote to Repeal Medicare ...Social Security...and the New Health Insurance Law?....Then tell you..if you get sick and have NO Health Insurance..just go to the Emergency Room in the Hosptial?..Then take Bankruptcy when the Hosptial dogs you for the bill to be paid?

    October 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Alex in Wisconsin

    The reason for no adds is because Christine O'donnell needed to pay off some old debts and put some money aside,...just in case she loses.

    October 1, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Hey, she's a pretty face who's been endorsed by Quitter-Liar-Mooch Palin! What more do you need?

    If I were a citizen of Delaware, I'd feel so insulted by the GOP who thinks my state is full of people dumb and scared enough to vote for this airhead!

    October 1, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. VA Republican

    Unlike her followers, she has no delusions about her odds at winning the Delaware Senate race. She's probably using the funds to pay off all of that debt. The Neocons & Teabaggers have destroyed our country and now the Supreme court with the help of Wall St. are laying in wait to finish us off. May God have mercy on us....

    October 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. jim

    Coons will vote in a way to support Obama's agenda for "a socialist utopia"He once bragged about being a bearded marxist.He supports cap and trade legislation that will cost many American jobs.Had he been given the chance he would have voted for tarp.stimulus, and the unpopular healthcare legislation.He would have supported Obama sending 60,000 troops to Afghanistan.Lets elect someone else to Congress that doesn't share Obama's dream for America.

    October 1, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Nick

    Cause she is keeping it for herself...then when she gets caught she will blame the boogie man, I mean Arabs, I mean Liberals, I mean Gays or whatever the hell else she can think of...

    October 1, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. eric

    Let me guess...her ads will portray Mr. Coons as a homosexual who supports human cloning?

    October 1, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Senses

    Probably used the campaign cash to pay her bills !!

    October 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. See Novak

    She's not broke; her own website has generated over $2.5 M. I think we'll see a real fight here before it's over. The CNN polls always skew Democratic, and she hasn't really "launched" her campaign. At the very least, the Dems will have to spend money here to keep this Senate seat.

    October 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Shelly

    The endorsement of O'Donnell by the Tea partiers tells you about their minds..... Empty!!!!

    October 1, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    O'Donnell: Maybe there's no TV ads because I spent the money on a new house, or a new car (or two), new furniture for that new house. Oh wait, you mean I can't spend that campaign money on Me? Can I spend it on food then, I have to eat ya know. No?1? This just isn't right. I don't want to spend it on ads, I've never had this kind of money before and now you say I can't have any of it? Well we'll see about this! The saga continues.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. kayla

    she's probably thinking she won't win, so why not take the money. lol

    October 1, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  17. Charles

    Please, she will probably use the money to pay her rent or car payment!
    Justsain

    October 1, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. steven harnack

    Because she is going to have to live for a long time on that money! She has already spent all of the money from her previous campaigns and there probably won't be another so she has to make this money last for a long time.

    October 1, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. JiminNM

    She can win without TV ads.

    October 1, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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