October 27th, 2010
02:40 PM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell threatened to sue radio station

(Updated 4:47 p.m. ET with O'Donnell campaign response)

(CNN) - Christine O'Donnell, the surprise Tea Party-backed Senate candidate in Delaware, threatened to sue a local radio station if it did not turn over a videotape of an interview it conducted with her.

O'Donnell's campaign later apologized to the station for the threat, WDEL reports.

O'Donnell appeared on WDEL's "The Rick Jensen Show" Tuesday, during which she fielded several questions from listeners and the host. Upon the conclusion of the interview, an O'Donnell aide demanded video of the interview be turned over to the campaign and destroyed because such videotaping had not been previously approved.

It was then, according to WDEL, that O'Donnell herself threatened to sue the station if it did not comply with the request. WDEL also says it later fielded a phone call from O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran, who threatened to "crush" the station with a lawsuit if it did not agree to turn over the tape.

WDEL's attorney was soon involved and told the campaign there was nothing illegal about videotaping the interview for later use on the station's website and added that such action is protected by the First Amendment.

Upon further investigation, WDEL says O'Donnell's attorney called the station to apologize for the uproar and threat of litigation.

Doug Sachtleben, O'Donnell's campaign spokesman responded Wednesday.

"Prior to the WDEL interview, we asked the show's host if the video camera would be in use," Sachtleben said in an email. "The host never gave a straight answer and due to the constraints of live radio, the interview began without the campaign getting a straight answer or granting permission for the use of the camera. That's what we talked about after the interview."


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. CSD

    Typical white-wing nazi-wannabe. Fortunately for the world, these wannabees are brainless and clueless as well as evil.

    October 27, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    For someone who "seems" to know so much about the Constitution, she sure doesn't know whats protected under the First Amendment. What a nutjob this chick is.

    October 27, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. McCain-in-4

    Yep – that Ms. O'Donnell is a real Constitutional Scholar.

    October 27, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Marc Mason

    I will enjoy watching this whack-job go down in flames on election night.

    October 27, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Todd A

    Good people of Deleware, do the rest of us a big favor and send this idiot packing. She has demonstrated that she doesn't even have a middle school level of understanding of the constitution when she questioned her opponent about his "assertion" that the first amendment deals with seperation of church and state. Now she, along with her campaign people, are threatening lawsuits over another first amendment issue!? This woman should grab herself a copy of the constitution before she seeks any political office.

    October 27, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. BD70

    Yeah right...O'Donnell's sue happy. Not the first time and won't be the last.

    October 27, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Barry

    Miss O'Donnell, the supposed scholar of the Constitution, clearly doesn't give a flying F about the 1st amendment when it inconveniences her or exposes her as the dunce that she is.

    October 27, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Tim O.

    This O'Donnell chick is a joke. A real joke.

    October 27, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Rob

    LOL. Well, we all know that O'Donnell knows nothing about the First Amendment, so not a real shock here. I think it's safe to say that she aint gonna win next Tuesday.

    October 27, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. tct

    How DARE they defame her by showing her answer questions? I had way too much fun in the 60s but she brings it to a whole new level!

    October 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. DownTownBrown

    More proof that tea-party candidates are only big on the constitution when it's in their favor. Otherwise, meh.

    October 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Guest

    She now plans to use some witchcraft to destroy the tape!!!

    October 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Don

    She's all class just like the rest of the tea party candidates.

    October 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. stevegee

    We The People have two choices on November 2nd:

    Vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility and opportunity - vote Republican.

    OR

    Vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtaxing, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

    October 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Realistic

    Ok so CD agrees to an interview and than demands the videotape back. The questions is Why? Does she think that she owned the videotape since she appeared on it? Or could it be that she once again proved that she is not qualified to be a senator by the answer she gave during the interview. It might have gone something like this...Question:Ms. OD what would you do about the deficit? Answer: Its not in the constitution...Interviewer response: Huh? Ok Ms.OD lets move on...Question: Ms. OD what would you do about S/S? Answer: Collect it ..interviewer response: WTF!! ok Ms.OD moving on: (Ms.OD interupts)..Ms.OD: Talking about *move on* didn't you like how we, the TP people stomped on that liberal head...LOL..I bet she won't go anywhere near one of us again, we are the power and we stomp on little liberal.....Interviewer: Ms.OD Rand Paul said..Ms.OD interupts again..Don't get me going on Rand, what a weird looking whacko..have you seen his hair and that funny looking head of his...lol...Oh by the way, this is not a tape is it? Interviewer responds: Yes Ms.OD..Ms.OD replies: Give it to me or I will sue you and get momma G from Alaska to attack you on her FB and twitter.....end...................So maybe thats why she want it back...Just a thought...

    October 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. pete

    i guess "frivolous lawsuits" are ok as long as you're a tea partier. i don't know what she is worried about. it's not like she ever says anything stupid. (that's sarcasm – you tea partiers may have to look that up).

    October 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Phattee

    I call on all Republicans and Tea Partiers to condemn this shameful act of litigiousness, much in the same way they condemned Shirley Sherrod's intention to sue Andrew Breitbart.

    October 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. jack merridew

    love that 1st amendement. . . . . . . unless its protecting things i don't agree with.

    October 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Papasan in AZ

    Palini / Tea Party / GOP Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascist GOP'ers fear most of all is intelligence.

    October 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. LooneyBin

    "I'm not a witch...

    ...I'm you...

    ...paranoid and overly litigious."

    October 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Blake

    Best get a grip Christine. You are making your fellow conservatives look bad. This is not just about you and your political ambitions.

    October 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Me

    WDEL's attorney was soon involved and told the campaign there was nothing illegal about videotaping the interview for later use on the station's website and added that such action is protected by the First Amendment.

    Now, you know that NOBODY at The O'Donnell Campaign HQ knows ANYTHING about the First Amendment!

    What was on the videotape that was SO bad they wanted it?

    October 27, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Better an apology than a spell.

    October 27, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. William Jefferson

    Did she say someting stupid again? If she was speaking that is a safe enough bet.

    October 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Dynahog

    I doubt the First Amendment protects the Radio Station if they had an "agreement of terms for the Interview" in which the Station videotaped it without her permission. That be violating Christine O'Donnell's First Amendment rights and others.

    However now that Christine knows what the Radio Station does without her permission, she can reject all future requests for interviews as a U.S. Senator from Delaware.

    Maybe the Radio Station is run by Witches. I did find a great number of Witches Covens in Delaware.

    Actually I thought the emotional fluff ups over Christine O'Donnell 20 years ago expressing interests in Witchcraft had more to do with the Numbers of Witches practicing in Delaware today!

    Delaware is a very wierd place as evidenced by Vice President Joe Biden and his frequent vocalizations.

    October 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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