Iowa tea party group reverses itself again, reinstates O'Donnell as speaker
August 30th, 2011
10:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Iowa tea party group reverses itself again, reinstates O'Donnell as speaker

Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will speak at a tea party rally Saturday in Iowa after organizers Tuesday night reversed themselves again and re-invited her, CNN has learned.

Earlier Tuesday, citing internal miscommunication problems, organizers rescinded an invitation to her, saying they realized they did not have enough space in the program for her.

Ken Crow, founder of the Tea Party of America, said the group re-thought its decision because it was not right to cancel after offering her a role. Besides the communication issues, Crow told CNN another factor that led to the cancellation was some negative reaction to O'Donnell being invited to participate.

"We received some nasty e-mails," Crow told CNN. "We didn't do the right thing."

He said after some consideration organizers changed their minds.

"What we've done is to make room for her," Crow said. "It wasn't fair what we did."

O'Donnell received a call Tuesday evening inviting her to speak.

"In ‘Troublemaker’ I talk about 'rising above it,' and have humbly re-accepted the re-invitation to speak in Iowa," O'Donnell said in a statement.

She will speak prior to Sarah Palin, who will deliver the keynote address for the rally.

Crow said he did not hear from Palin or her representatives regarding whether O'Donnell would appear at the event.

Earlier Tuesday, Crow said initially he was "under the assumption we had an open slot" after her supporters had inquired Monday about whether she could speak and he thought there was space for her.

O'Donnell, who is on a national speaking tour for her book, was informed Monday she could speak but was disinvited Tuesday.

Palin's address at the event is drawing interest from around the nation, according to Charlie Gruschow, co-founder of the group, and will probably increase that much more with word of her attending a Tea Party Express event in New Hampshire two days after the Iowa speech.

Organizers of the Iowa rally have said they don't have details on what Palin will discuss at the event.

"She will make a major statement at the event," Gruschow told CNN last week. "Whether it be an announcement to run, not to run or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates."

The rally is meant to help promote the tea party values of limited government, the importance of the Constitution and fiscal responsibility, event organizers have said.


Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Angel

    Please tell me why this is news.

    August 31, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. buckup

    tea party = witches brew = dominion kool-aide

    August 31, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. gar

    Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will speak at a tea party coven Saturday in Iowa.

    August 31, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. A Real Patriot

    Well--of course-they were afraid of her putting a spell on them otherwise....

    August 31, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  5. Liberal

    And these tea people want to be taken seriously? They can't even organize their speakers: invite O'Donnell; dis-invite her; invite her again......... She's not the only one w/ limited capacities in that group. Glad she'll be there, though: always good for a chuckle. Send in the clowns.........

    August 31, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  6. peace

    these teabag folks is nuts

    August 31, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  7. McCain-in-4

    yay. i am so thrilled.

    August 31, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  8. Squigman

    Flip-Flop. Darndest thing this media called the internet. If a person has half a memory, the people hell bent on getting attention are held to a higher standard by those with recall of past statements. If memory serves didn't the term FLIP-FLOP come from rabid right wing morons, spreading lies about democratic candidates several years ago. Now that they do said flips and flops it's considered the proper thing to do.

    August 31, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  9. minnie

    They probably had to petition for a special broom parking permit.

    August 31, 2011 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  10. PhilipJames

    Once you invite someone to speak, they are right... you can't disinvite. Just not right. And now Christine will get a big stage to hopefully deliver a great speech on Conservatism and in support of the Tea Party.
    The more the merrier at this great rally.

    August 31, 2011 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  11. WatchDawg

    And this is the organization 40% of Americans want to lead the country...

    August 31, 2011 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Tea Party Express and Tea Party of America bumbling again? The trainwreck continues as Snooki Palin goes after Bachmann's money and media attention

    August 31, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  13. Peter E

    What's more pathetic than Sarah Palin, the former LOSER vice-presidential candidate who QUIT as governor, and since then has COWARDLY stayed away from running legitimately instead just trying to dictate to others what to do despite not being an elected official?
    O'Donnel, a WANNA-BE Palin who ALSO lost her bid for office and continues to pretend she has a say in what people should do despite not having been elected.

    August 31, 2011 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  14. bigwilliestyles

    Hey Sarah 'Undefeated' Palin! How's that MOVIE thing coming along? Looks like a pretty sound defeat to me. Defeated, exiled and left for dead.

    August 31, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  15. The Other Dale

    I'm sure the fourteen people that will attend are excited.

    August 31, 2011 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  16. Rick Douglas

    Incomplete article. Why not mention where the rally is being held?

    August 31, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  17. Bobad

    The event is being held at the site of the National Hot Air Balloon Festival and we thought all the Hot Air was gone for the year.

    August 31, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  18. Marie MD

    I wonder how many teabaggers who have been affected by Irene are now asking help from the big bad government!
    They are a bunch if hypocrites and have no idea as to what the Constitution means. Of course this witch can explain , if you are smart enough to hold on to your money and not buy her book, to them all about mas turbation and gay hating. Just like her twin quitter.

    August 31, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  19. GG Liddie

    Perhaps this is what it'll be like under Teahadists' leadership ... "we're anouncing our plan to lower txes. Oh wait ... we changed our mind (insert excuse here). Well, now we decided we're gonna raise taxes" ... I konw 4 year olds that are more decisive.

    August 31, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  20. Martin

    She's on a book tour? I'm heading to the nearest Borders right now!

    August 31, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  21. Ex-GOP Con

    Awww.....that's sad. She's the chubby girl in high school that the cheerleaders wouldn't let on the team but would have her follow them around carrying their books for them.

    August 31, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  22. Tony

    This obviously is a party of massive egos, clowns and guided by fools

    August 31, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. John

    This right here should show the American People just how bad the Tea Party Is with the People they have for People speaking for them. I mean come on Christine O'Donnell. This Is what the Tea Party have these kind of People for, they like them as dumb as they can find them.

    August 31, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Do we really want the Tea Party ruining America as we know it. They bark about state's rights, smaller government, lower taxes, etc. There is vision is not for a perfect union of united states, but for confederacy of independent states.

    August 31, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Dave

    A pig and a witch walk into a bar.....it's just too easy......never mind

    August 31, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
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