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. neonmadman

    This is a person who really, really needs to read the 1st amendment.

    October 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. WTF?

    She's still relevant? We had fun with her, but she's done.

    October 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. TiredOfItAll

    Please make her, Sarah palin and Brett favre all go away soon.. PLEASE!!!!!

    October 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. I am not a Bitch

    This lady needs to get her man-pants on

    October 27, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Lynne WA state

    And this is someone running for political office to help run our country!!!!!!!!!!! Heaven help us!

    October 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. dwayne

    Where is her mind?

    October 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. tracy

    Where da tape at? I wanna see it. Tea Party is a joke. It's painfully obvious they all rode the short bus...

    October 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. AJ

    God help us if she wins.

    October 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. haha

    Giving her the explanation that it is covered by the First Amendment probably didn't mean much to O'Donnell considering she has no idea what the First Amendment says!! haha...what an embarrassment!!

    October 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Mike

    This woman is the most incompetent space case American politics has ever seen.

    October 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. too funny

    Did the little piggy cry wa wa wa all the way home ? wa wa wa, wa wa wa, wa wa wa.

    October 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Too funny. She can't make money fleecing the people of DE in Congress so her new idea is to sue for money.
    What a distusting piece of witchy craft she is.

    October 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Robert

    I'd give my "right" hand to see the video!!!

    October 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. JOhn

    Another glimpse of the nightmare government under the T baggers!

    October 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Jim

    Please please release the audio for the interview. Let the Tea Party hear their cow dung queen speak.

    October 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. William

    HaHaHaHaHaHa! This candidacy gets loonier every minute.

    October 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. sheppard

    odonnell = palin = professional victim. Really getting old.

    October 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. brenhend

    Interesting what hypocrites the GOP and Tea Baggers are....always complaining about liberals perusing the courts to sue, but here they are threatening to do the same.

    October 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Mike S.

    O'Donnell and her attorneys probably had to go look up "First Amendment" before they relinquished.

    October 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Arun

    Remember, she's a member of a party (REPUBLICAN) that is against frivolous lawsuits. Oops, I forgot, nothing pertains to the party of NO. As long as they do it, it's ok. If their enemy does it, it's wrong!!

    October 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Joe

    She can say "I am not a witch" with some honesty. But she can never say "I am not an idiot."

    October 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    She sounds so much like Palin with her accusations about the media... Seriously, the people who are the most insecure about their positions or their appearance are those who strive to most tightly control the media. Either she is afraid she let something slip that wasnt approved by her handlers, or she is worried that someone might recognize that she is a prop. When people have no confidence in substance behind the talking points – they resort to not saying anything at all. They stop talking to the national media, or they wont debate their opponents, or they aonly allow pre-approved questions in the press conference.

    OK i said it – now the Tea-party apologists can start with their accusations of the media bias, and their paranoia about a (no pun intended) witch-hunt against O'Donnell.

    October 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Mike

    Just another Sarah Palin, a disaster! How could we let a disaster like her have a shot at governing in this fine country ? Are we going backward now ??? Wake up America

    October 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. krys

    A crayon that dull needs to remain in the box.

    October 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Yep, the Teatards are all about "transparency" and government in the sunshine....you know...as long as you're wiling to take everythign they say at face value, believe it without an iota of scrutiny or critical thought and NEVER LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN. But hey, why would you? You're supposed to be looking through the looking glass they've provided. So straighten out your tinfoil hats and stop criticizing what was obviously a very legitimate attempt by her and her campaign to keep everything secret and prevent the voters from making informed decisions about their candidates.

    October 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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