O'Donnell's 'unreliable' Gingrich zing
December 14th, 2011
08:33 AM ET
2 years ago

O'Donnell's 'unreliable' Gingrich zing

(CNN) – Political 'troublemaker' Christine O'Donnell revealed she will back former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president Tuesday and touted his "executive experience and consistency" in an interview Wednesday morning, where she also took aim at Romney's rival for the GOP nomination.

O'Donnell told CNN "American Morning" anchor Carol Costello that she'd "thought a lot" about her decision and hoped her endorsement will cause others to give Romney a "second look."

Romney has been criticized by conservatives for reversing position on critical issues, but for O'Donnell, "he's been consistent since he changed his mind."

"(Romney's) humble enough to say 'I don't always have the right answers,' and he's open to other viewpoints, and if it doesn't betray his core convictions, he'll make the necessary changes," she said.

The unsuccessful Delaware U.S. senate candidate and tea party movement supporter balked at behavior of fellow tea party enthusiasts saying she didn't believe Gingrich should receive backing from the tea party .

"People are trying to paint Newt Gingrich as the anti-establishment candidate, which I think is funny," O'Donnell said.

"So many tea partiers are flocking behind Newt Gingrich, I decided to come out at say…the tea party I don't think should be behind Newt at all."

O'Donnell accused Gingrich of being "inconsistent and unreliable"-criticism similar to Romney's Tuesday slam of his GOP rival that declared Gingrich an "unreliable conservative."

But, she asserted, "I'm making my endorsement as personal. As Christine O'Donnell."

"Not on behalf of the tea party," she said.

In 2010, thanks to backing from the tea party movement, O'Donnell upset Rep. Mike Castle, a former governor and the GOP establishment pick, for the Republican Senate nomination in Delaware. O'Donnell subsequently lost the general election contest by double digits to Democratic candidate Chris Coons.

She released a book detailing the events of her Senate bid titled "Troublemaker" in August.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Romney has been criticized by conservatives for reversing position on critical issues, but for O'Donnell, "he's been consistent since he changed his mind."
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    Hey, Governer. Despite what we must assume are genuinely good intentions, O'Donnell is not helping. The line is something that they can use on SNL verbatim. It's hilarious.

    December 14, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm amazed to say this, but she's right on every count. Granted, her endorsement means little, but its obvious she's on the money with regards to Newt.

    December 14, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    and this loons opinion means what?? Go back to your caldron and conjur up some brains for yourself

    December 14, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. jack

    O'Donnell was a brief match stick flame because of the tea baggers and for no other reason. Why anybody would think that her endorsement would or should mean anything is greatly mistaken. Just more fodder for late might comedians.

    December 14, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. Independent Voters

    Who cares if she endorse Mitt but of them sorry losers.
    Obama 2012

    December 14, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  6. Cobra-212

    So getting endorsed by a nutcase is supposed to help Romney? People like O'Donnell, who don't have the savvy, intelligence, or common sense necessary to govern are simply in the game for the publicity that the media will give them. O'Donnell, Palin, and a host of others are in it for the publicity and the money that will bring to them and not to do good for the country and its people. It is a shame that the media gives them such air time, while real candidates can't get any coverage.

    December 14, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Johnny

    This is what I have been waiting for...Romney it is!

    December 14, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Guest

    Christine O'Donnell's endorsement carries about as much weight as Rosie O'Donnell's endorsement....zero.

    December 14, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. Lee

    Oh, now I get it. Her book is not selling all that well, so she comes out with an endorcement. I had not heard of her book until it was mentioned in this article. Supporting is the smartest thing for her to do. It shows she might have a brain after all. Then again, maybe Newt put her up to this as a way of scaring independants and moderates from voting for Mitt.

    December 14, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. Lee

    Oh, now I get it. Her book is not selling all that well, so she comes out with an endorcement. I had not heard of her book until it was mentioned in this article. Supporting Mitt is the smartest thing for her to do. It shows she might have a brain after all. Then again, maybe Newt put her up to this as a way of scaring independants and moderates from voting for Mitt.

    December 14, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. A. Goodwin

    Seems to me that an endorsement by O'Donnell would do more to hurt his campaign than help it.

    December 14, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  12. Martha in CF

    And why is her opinion of any value? She is a has been or is it never was!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 14, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  13. Tam

    Is she still around? And thinks she's important? And her "opinion" counts? Who paid her to endorse him? To his detriment. Is she working? Earning? I thought she faded the way SP did.

    December 14, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. AEJ

    There are two people who should NOT endorse any GOP candidate – Palin and O'Donnell. PERIOD!!! Any candidate who receive endorsement from these two will certainly not get anybody's vote.

    December 14, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  15. Dave

    Who cares who this idiot endorses? Obama will beat them both. Her endorsement means absolutely nothing.

    December 14, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  16. Tam

    Follow the money!

    December 14, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  17. Truman Guy

    Why would ANYONE think her endorsement would make any difference on someone's vote?? Who does this airhead think she is?Like she matters or carries any weight at all. She sure has an elevated view of herself. Shame on CNN for even giving this bimbo one sentence of coverage.

    December 14, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  18. DaveinPA

    Why does this woman's opinion matter? Why is this news?!

    December 14, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. GI Joe

    Is she trying to sell another coloring book?

    December 14, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. funkymonkey

    Who? Oh. Her? How is she still relevant? Her endorsement is about as valuable as Agnes Lipschitz of Deluth Minnesota. Maybe even less.

    December 14, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. WiredweirdinSF

    Okay drug addicted liberal attack dogs, a special bonus from the unbiased Political Tickerk quick demean, degrade this woman. Oh I see you have already started. Always remember under democrat liberals, no one is allowed a contrary opinion, kinda like that big country that failed, the USSR. Wecome to the Obamanation.

    December 14, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. The Dude

    A Witch would pick a cult member. No surprise here.

    December 14, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. roscoe

    For the candidate, is this better or worse than getting an endorsement from Casey Anthony?

    December 14, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  24. ST

    Of all the people Christine O'Donnell endorsing someone?????? What weight does this endorsement carry?? This is like telling people to eat the soup with a fork! hahahaha! I have to laugh.

    December 14, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    don't forget that this lady even wound up in Sarah Palin's doghouse so don't take her too seriously at all.

    December 14, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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