September 18th, 2010
03:05 PM ET
12 years ago

O’Donnell in 1999: I dabbled in witchcraft

(CNN) – Newly-minted Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell – who already has had to contend with a string of controversial statements she has made in the past – once said she “dabbled into witchcraft.”

The latest eyebrow-raising comment was revealed Friday by liberal comedian and talk show host Bill Maher, who, as host of the now-canceled show “Politically Incorrect,” had O’Donnell on his program several times as a guest.

“I dabbled into witchcraft - I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft,” O’Donnell said during a 1999 appearance on the show, which ran on ABC. “I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do.”

She then described one of her first dates – with a witch “on a satanic altar.”

“I didn't know it,” she said. “I mean, there's little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.”

Maher showed the clip Friday on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and pledged to unveil additional clips every week if O’Donnell does not appear on his current show.

A spokesman for the O’Donnell campaign did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

O’Donnell, the Tea Party-backed candidate who scored a surprise win over establishment pick Rep. Mike Castle on Tuesday, has largely run on a socially conservative platform.

Filed under: Christine O'Donnell
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Greg

    Good thing the Liberals have taught us that religion doesn't matter

    September 18, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. bailoutsos

    Let's see, if they are joined at the hips we could have - Rev. Jones-Beck/Palin-O'Donnell 2012

    September 18, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Vote for Democrats or Die hard!

    The media should do there jobs and background check these Tea Party nuts.

    September 18, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Get with the program

    way to go Bill! ha!!!!

    September 18, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Aaron

    The Tea Party and its money suppliers, the billionaire Koch brothers, had to look hard to find this loon. She's making the Tea Party's other well-paid crackpot honies (Palin, DeMint, Beck, Angle, and Miller) look like they could pass a sanity exam.

    September 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Mandy

    Yeah we can see that the Journ-o-list email servers are still in high gear.

    Hey CNN, when you going to run a string of Coons hit pieces? I can't seem to find any mention of his "sojurn to kenya" where he claim he came back a 'bearded marxist.'

    Neither can I find anywhere a mention of Harry Reid calling Coons "his favorite pet" twice in an interview.

    And you really wonder why your ratings are in the toilet. Lol

    September 18, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. MLJ

    Wow! Seriously? Can anyone imagine the firestorm that would erupt
    if a DEMOCRAT made a statement such as this? Why, the good, decent townsfolk would come out with the torches and pitchforks!!!!
    Oh, yeah, and they would have nooses, don't forget they'd have nooses!

    September 18, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Walker

    Wow, that seems in line with the RW philosophy.
    So one Tea Bag winner dabbled in witch craft and thinks masterbation is cheating. The other sends racists and porn emails out.
    WOW Delaware and NY you must be proud...look what the "conservative" movement has turned into. A joke.

    September 18, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    We have an unhinged flake running for Senate. If the GOP doesn't disband, it needs to be run out of town.

    September 18, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Rickster

    what is sarah palin going to do now? will she ignore this or will she demand that the woman be dewitchified by her witch hunter buddy?

    September 18, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Old Yeller

    Satan is my co-pilot. Much more fun than that other Dude.

    Also, none of His followers have interpreted His doctrines as demanding complete subservience to Jews and Israel, unlike the majority of Christards.

    September 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Daniel Schlafer

    Hey why not ? She has alco co-mingled campaign funds for personal rental payments , salary for her mother , [ claimed ] non-payment of salary to her previous campaign staff , and who really knows what else ? Did the Tea Baggers do any vetting of Ms. O'Donnell ? What may be unfortunate for Ms O'Donnell and the Tea Baggers -– Delawarians have seen her senate campaigns before . They have rejected November elections of her -–twice .

    September 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Vote for Democrats or Die hard!

    I want to know if every Republican Tea Party member will vote for Christine ODonnell who dabbles in withcraft. I want them on record!

    September 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Bill in Albuquerque

    This country is going down the tubes. The middleclass who have been screwed since 2000 under republicans are now ready to put them back in again? Get ready for terror alerts again, be afraid be very very afraid.

    September 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Ralph

    "Maher showed the clip Friday on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and pledged to unveil additional clips every week if O’Donnell does not appear on his current show."

    It seems to me that Maher's threat fits the legal definition of extortion. In this case, it's the form of extortion known as blackmail. in this case, blackmaiI.

    I am not writing this to support of Ms. O'Donnell, who strikes me as an unqualified candidate, but rather in protest of a situation in which the electronic press (radio, TV) have unchecked power. There should be some limits on their behavior, which can amount to coercion, though seldom as starkly as in this threat by Bill Mawr.

    It's a peculiar aspect of our Constitution that freedom of speech does not protect those who use speech as a tool with which to conduct or facilitate illegal activity.

    September 18, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Dan

    Wonderful. The Republican Tea Party at its finest.

    September 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Rosslaw

    This explains a lot.

    September 18, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Blablabla

    Wonderful! Now we are several witches with Brenner, the crocodile-skin face leading the pack.

    September 18, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. hilarious!

    congratulations teabaggers! just when we think you've cornered the market on crazy with paul, angkle and rubio, you manage to find another level of insanity.

    September 18, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |

    Meh. Witchcraft, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism. All non-secular vestiges from a past dark ages which will someday be better off forgotten.

    September 18, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. jbakaregit

    After you lose Christine, I'm sure Palin will show you the ropes on how to grift and fake it all the way to millions.

    September 18, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Lord have mercy

    September 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Diane Glasser

    Guess What??!! She is following in the same footsteps as Sara Palin who also dabbled in "Witchcraft". I can not believe the public is going to get snookered again this time with Christine O’Donnell after having dealt with unintelligent antics of dear old Sara Palin. If the public is stupid and naive enough about O'Donnell's abilities and vote for her they deserve to get all the extreme right-wing conservative consequences she will bring forth.

    September 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    So is it safe to ask "witch socially conservative platform" will she run on? With the looks of the Tea Party being exposed, I'd say it's about time to immigrate to Canada.

    September 18, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. concerned citizen

    Good Lord, maybe we are bewitched and that is why Obama is President, with people like this and with the help of Rush and Glen we can become the real country of Harry Potter. Go get them!!!!!!!.

    September 18, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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