September 16th, 2010
01:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Delaware GOP Chair promises support, without mentioning O'Donnell by name

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party is promising hard work for Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign, only his statement never mentioned her by name."]

Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the Delaware Republican Party is promising hard work for Christine O'Donnell's Senate campaign, only his statement never mentioned her by name.

Tom Ross was a harsh and frequent critic of O'Donnell's tea party-backed campaign in the Republican primary, going so far as to say she "could not be elected dogcatcher" who couldn't win in November.

But after O'Donnell's upset win, Ross put out a carefully worded statement Thursday morning say he has assured the national party leaders all candidates will "have as much support as possible'.

"The Delaware Republican Party plans on doing what it does every election year – working hard for our candidate," he said.

The statement mentions he reached out to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which means support for O'Donnell's campaign. But her name did not appear anywhere in the 134-word statement.

Ross, amid speculation he would step down from his job after O'Donnell's win over Rep. Mike Castle said, "I will honor my commitment to our party's grassroots activists and continue to serve as Chairman of the Republican Party in Delaware.

He wrote, "After a hard fought primary it is time to come together and unite over our shared principles and determination to rescue our economy from the destructive policies advanced by Democrats."

Noting the large numbers of Republican voters in the primary, Ross said, "the winds of change are blowing hard in Delaware and together we can take our state and country back."

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Dave

    The republicans start to get it maybe "we the people."
    The democrats will never get it "we the trade unions"....

    September 16, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. anotherGDlefty

    So she couldn't be elected dogcatcher but you're behind her 100% for representing your state.

    Yeah, that makes perfect sense........

    September 16, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. maf

    Wow, finally heard Ms. O'Donnell speak. . . is she a clone of someone else??? I thought I heard Sarah Palin coming out of this woman's body. Oh help us if there are now TWO of them!!!

    Get out to vote everybody. The only way to stop the Tea Party is to not let them get anywhere other than the GOP nomination!!!

    September 16, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. carlos

    why not help the LUST and MASTURBATION woman?????after all, the repugnants love it dearly

    September 16, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.

    September 16, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. beth

    UPSET???? she had the vote of less than 5% of registered voters...a lot of voters sat this one out

    September 16, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. The Other Michael in Houston

    Bitter. party of one, your table is ready! Wow. I wonder if the Republican Jihadist are gonna start a PUMA movement lol. She will not win regardless, no way are the people in Delaware that stupid to put that nut job in office.

    September 16, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. TeaBaggerIgnorance

    I imagine that Mr. Ross is afraid he will get a bullet to the head if he refuses to endorse the Palin wanna be idiot.

    September 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "could not be elected dogcatcher"

    Enough said!

    September 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Ryan Indianapolis

    Oh silly CNN, the people will not fall for your silly attempts to divide the People of the Revolt. It will be very ugly for the Democratic Party come November. Nancy Pelosi needs to do herself a favor and retire before all the investigations begin into her giving illegal contracts to her Husband and the corruption that happened over the last 3 years. Nancy and Dems your time is coming very very soon. All the grief and trouble you gave Bush will be coming right back at you. What comes around goes around !!!!

    September 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

    Keep that in mind, GOP. You and the Tea Parties have to find a way to work together or, assuredly, you'll all find yourselves, in short order, out of work.

    September 16, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    The fact that the repulsive republicans will support O'Donnell and keep voting no to measures that would help the American people is an example of their complete hypocrisy and what is wrong with Washington. This woman, if she has said and done the things described, is not fit to hold office no matter what the ignorant voters of Delaware said. Also, 30,000+ votes is not a mandate! I would hope the intelligent members of the Party of No would show it!

    September 16, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    So is the ad going to just be cheap shots at the Democrat?
    I hope the Democrats come back with an ad commenting on the fact that not even the Republican party is backing the Republican in the race.

    September 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Replaced

    Ross can also be replaced. republicans might ought to take a long look at their outdated ways and realize that the tea party seems to be the new conservative movement that will thrive with or without them. Many people are tired of seeing the money they have worked for all their lives thrown away and wasted on wasteful, inefficient,fraud ridden government programs that have been going on for decades, obama is only adding more of these type programs in his quest to redistrubute the wealth. Why should I have to give the government more of money that I worked for so some lazy leech that has never worked a day in their lives or is in this country illegally, eat better than I do on it?

    September 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Nancy

    After what she has done to the republican party in Delaware, not many people what to mention her name.

    September 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Patty

    She is a NitWit like Palin!

    September 16, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. pmichael

    "together we can take our state and country back. ..."

    Rightwing? Please properly finish that sentence _
    ... to the 19th Century.

    September 16, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Gale

    I hope all politicians are quaking in their shoes, they should be! The voters are sick of the good ole boy agenda, and status quo of political stealing and cheating that has been going on for years and years. It's about time the public stands up for their rights and the politicians start working for us and not the other way around. No more self appointed raises, priviledges above and beyond the call of duty, andg etting away with lying to the public. If they want to be elected, they need to hold themselves in a higher esteem, not just getting away with all the crap they have been getting away with for years!

    September 16, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. wmscot

    Hee Hee the GOP is finally getting what it deserved for all those NO votes that did nothing for OUR country. If there was a true independent party they would really get things strirred up. I wonder what all those corporations that were funding their lobbists are going to do now. Guess they will start spending their money else where until the stock holders say enough !

    September 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. normajean

    JUST WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW , A SARAH PALIN CLONE! EVEN TO THE " YOU BETCHA"...HEAVEN HELP US ALL.Questional background, little education, no work experience to ever qualify be a senator, this is beyond any common sense. Don't you "Voters" care what is happening to your country. How many unqualified people can you put into your states without going "down the river" in a hurry?Do you even bother to think or are you just caught up in personality and a pretty face? PLEASE WISE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!

    September 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    There's a new "Barbie with no brain" in town.
    And this one is "more stupider" than the previous model, she'll need both hands to write notes on.

    And that will be okay since she can't "enjoy herself" .... yea right, either she's a liar or she's a very twisted person. Probably both.

    September 16, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. blue

    Sorta between a rock and a hard place.

    September 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Whadaham

    Doesn't have much choice in the matter, does he? Its either that or throw in the towel. I think the voters are willing to take a chance on O' Donnell: The only other option is to elect Biden's son- and he's about as Independant from the DNC as a newborn kitten.

    September 16, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Former Republican, but never again!

    It's sad for all the intelligent, talented women of both parties that unintelligent bimbos like Palin andO'Donnell are now political role models.

    September 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Ben in Texas

    This is what both parties do, and it's a major reason nothing gets done for the country in Washington. They criticize a candidate in very harsh terms, and then when that candidate wins, they turn around and back the winner simply because of the party affiliation.

    This gives us one of 2 possibilities:

    1) The candidate wasn't as bad as portrayed by the party big wigs,in which case the big wigs are liars, or
    2) The party big wigs care nothing for the country, and everything for the party, and are therefore unpatriotic.

    I wish we could abolish parties all together. There are lots of local elections where people run on their own platform, without a party affiliation, and those elections work out fine. Parties are an unnecessary layer applied between the candidate and the electorate.

    September 16, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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