October 5th, 2010
09:12 PM ET
11 years ago

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - Search for Christine O'Donnell turns up short


Where is Christine O'Donnell?

Some local reporters that I've spoke to here in Delaware claim that the Republican Senate nominee has largely avoided the local media. O'Donnell has publicly stated she would avoid contact with the national press.

So we set out to find the candidate. Or, at least, information on her public campaign schedule.

My producer, cameraman and I drove to Delaware. This after sending numerous e-mails to campaign staffers and calling them repeatedly over the past eight days – each time getting scant response.

We arrived at O'Donnell's new campaign headquarters in Wilmington, greeted by an empty receptionist's chair. In the corner of the small room was a locked door, with sounds of voices heard on the other side.

We knocked until someone answered.

Two men emerged and asked for our credentials, but refused to identify themselves – at least initially. They later told us their names: Campaign Manager Matt Moran and Chris Merola.

They explained that O'Donnell is standing by her pledge to avoid the national press. But both men were emphatic that O'Donnell is not avoiding local media. They rattled off a list of local reporters and news outlets the candidate has spoken to since winning the Republican Senate primary three weeks ago.

Both men explained how the campaign is ramping up a staff that was small for the primary but needs to be much larger for the general election.

As for their initial suspicions about who we were, they explained that not everyone in the press is appropriately neutral -so they're often leery of reporters.

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware • Trail Running
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Pollwatcher

    Just like Palin, running and hiding from the press and the public who should hold you accountable for the crazy things you say. How is that OK when you're running for public office? Only Republicans vote for loons that do this.

    October 5, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. 66Biker

    Maybe she made herself disappear? Oh, wait. She's not a witch... Nevermind.

    October 5, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    This little witch is just like her big witch mentor. She hides from the cameras and then she makes her one loony appearance looking somewhat different than before. Hair, face, "girls". Whatever it takes to win those kind of votes.
    It's not the media they should be leery of it's their joke of a candidate. How's that brain switch between humans/animals and mice with human brains going for ya'? At least she can't copy being cross eyed but I bet she is trying.

    October 5, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Jd

    Rachel maddow, who the Obama administration thanked for her work was there too. So, I am sure her office is avoiding political hack jobs supported by the political machine. I don't think she should have been the candidate, but this hit job by the media is too Democrat for me.

    October 5, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    She is a real piece of work. Can't belive anyone is dumb enough to vote for her. As for the last article . If Obama and Clinton where on the same ticket the repos could kiss the white house good bye.

    October 5, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. David Reston, VA

    The liberal media is out to get Christine. Let her do her business so she can win and restore fiscal sanity to America!

    October 5, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Why is she running for Senate? Isn't our government "by the people, for the people"? How can she be a U.S. Senator if she avoids the press?

    How can anyone seriously entertain the idea of voting for this nincompoop?

    October 5, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. John

    Christine O'Donnell don't want too talk to the National media because she afraid someone may fine something else she did that was stupid. This person dose not belong in the U.S.Senate.

    October 5, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    Coward and afraid of the truth getting out about her. She is unqualified and doesn't know herself from a hole in the ground. Yet, why do the right wing nut crazies find something in her to vote for her? It is called ignorance!

    October 5, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Chris M.

    You will be hearing from her soon enough. With all you media elitists trying to destroy and ridicule her you further advance her candidacy every day. She raised over $2.75 million the week after her primary victory. With the release of her I am ad, in one day she's raised $250,000, the goal is $1 million. She can get her message out to Delaware without the priviledged 4th estate's blessing and coverage..

    CNN is so clueless the only fundraising article I could find on the net came from CNN and was all about how great it was Chris Coons was able to raise $125,000 after her primary. I guess it's not news O'Donnell raised over 20 times that amount. That shows the insulated world you elites live in. You don't speak for a majority of real Americans. Real America is sick of you elitists.

    October 5, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Why hasn't Christine O'Donnell supplied America with her original birth certificate for review? What is she afraid of?

    October 5, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Marcus

    When they opened the door, did they have bed-head?

    October 5, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. thomas

    Follow the money , then follow the aroma of MEATBALLS !

    October 5, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. Kleenkut

    What happens to any leftover campaign funds?

    October 5, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  15. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Hmmmmm. The game is afoot Watson.

    You have a campaign collecting money with no candidate. Its a robbery plain and simple. Theft of public funds.

    October 6, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Edwin

    She's acting very loony. Just sayin'...

    October 6, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    The grissly grifter has taken her to Neimans and is showing her how to spend 150k on an "every woman ensemble" using RNC campaign donations.

    October 6, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  18. really?

    Awesome, the new republican campaign strategy – hide before the idiots realize I'm dumber than them.

    October 6, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  19. Glenn from Cary

    Oh, well, paranoids will be paranoids. Lord knows, a candidate should never talk to anyone who isn't clearly identified as a supporter. Apparently, O'Donnell isn't aware that, in the bizarre likelihood that she should ever become a U.S. Senator, she should represent everyone in Delaware – not just her Tea Party fellow-travelers.

    October 6, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  20. David(D) vs Golith(R)

    Money can't buy you love or an election. It's about substance. The Republican Tea Party is funded by outside groups Kock industries, Dick Amry Freedomworks and karl Rove Crossroads all billionares. The Republicans are too lazy to go door to door and ask for a vote. The wave started on the west coast with Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina and will crash on the east coast on Nov 2. Americans can't be bought.

    October 6, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  21. Dale

    Sarah Palin Campaign Playbook: The more you stay away from the press the better your chances of not getting caught saying something stupid.

    October 6, 2010 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  22. Keith Sillsbury

    Yeah, let's not make the same mistakes made with palin. Don't let her talk at all that way nobody will find out how stupid she really is.

    October 6, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  23. Robert Moses

    Wouldn't you hide if you were her? She's going to transfer those unspent campaign funds to Ukraine and skip town November 4th....................................................her campaign finance manager (herself) told her she could keep all the money not spent. Pay back rent, get a car, maybe a new broom.................

    October 6, 2010 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  24. Tom in Delaware

    She'll be out and about in Wilmington on Thursday night if you guys are looking for her....here's a hint to maybe get you back into her good graces....try asking her a question about this mysterious subject called 'POLICY'.....it's what the voters are actually interested in......stop pretending that this is some Lindsay Lohan story.

    P.S. It's bound to improve your catastrophic rating as well.

    October 6, 2010 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  25. ramtruck2500

    She has a right to her beleifs and so do I – What a nut job!

    October 6, 2010 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
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