October 27th, 2010
02:40 PM ET
12 years ago

O'Donnell threatened to sue radio station

(Updated 4:47 p.m. ET with O'Donnell campaign response)

(CNN) – Christine O'Donnell, the surprise Tea Party-backed Senate candidate in Delaware, threatened to sue a local radio station if it did not turn over a videotape of an interview it conducted with her.

O'Donnell's campaign later apologized to the station for the threat, WDEL reports.

O'Donnell appeared on WDEL's "The Rick Jensen Show" Tuesday, during which she fielded several questions from listeners and the host. Upon the conclusion of the interview, an O'Donnell aide demanded video of the interview be turned over to the campaign and destroyed because such videotaping had not been previously approved.

It was then, according to WDEL, that O'Donnell herself threatened to sue the station if it did not comply with the request. WDEL also says it later fielded a phone call from O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran, who threatened to "crush" the station with a lawsuit if it did not agree to turn over the tape.

WDEL's attorney was soon involved and told the campaign there was nothing illegal about videotaping the interview for later use on the station's website and added that such action is protected by the First Amendment.

Upon further investigation, WDEL says O'Donnell's attorney called the station to apologize for the uproar and threat of litigation.

Doug Sachtleben, O'Donnell's campaign spokesman responded Wednesday.

"Prior to the WDEL interview, we asked the show's host if the video camera would be in use," Sachtleben said in an email. "The host never gave a straight answer and due to the constraints of live radio, the interview began without the campaign getting a straight answer or granting permission for the use of the camera. That's what we talked about after the interview."

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Steve From NH

    Is it just me, or are more and more tea party candidates and supporters turning out to be the modern version of the Brown Shirts? That guy at Paul Rand's rally who put his foot on that ladys head – would've fit right in in Germany 1936.....

    October 27, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Mike

    Rick ....a Tea-Nazi behavior is what Teabags need to cover up their dumbness and ignorance of even the clearest stuff that's in the Constitution. These teabags should first attempt to learn how to read before they get excited about winning votes ( I know teabaggers are multiplying, but hopefully not enough of em to win elections)

    October 27, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. fbysea

    She looks and acts like Sarah Palin. Ding dong, ding dong!!!

    October 27, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. mark

    the woman is an idiot and in this for the money

    October 27, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Ronnie Rayz

    Another genius who support the Constitution & Bill of Rights, whatever that is, as long as they agree with the posisiotn or it's anti ANYTHING Obama or from a democrat....

    October 27, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Brook

    I guess the Tea Party doesn't mind big government throwing their weight around...as long as they're the ones doing it.

    October 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Kermit Roosevelt

    Maybe she'd lighten up if she squeezed one out once in a while.

    October 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Rick

    I'm really sorry but is it ALWAYS something with this idiot? Lawsuit threats...gender discrimination... witchcraft... And some of us think PALIN is a joke... this one is fartin' in the wind.

    October 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. elidude

    Times are tough. Thank God this woman keeps delivering entertainment to us!

    October 27, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. kd

    O'Donnell is an idiot. This is what this country has come to. We're screwed.

    October 27, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Wed Wabbit

    Where in the first amendment does it say ANYTHING about video taping!!!


    October 27, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. betterdays

    Well, you can't say she doesn't provide a certain level of entertainment. That, combined with her tendency to threaten litigation and the fact that you know precisely how she would vote every time and her tendency to threaten litigation, makes her a sort of female, conservative Al Franken (yikes). The difference is that she will lose, because the votes won't need to be counted seventy-three times.

    October 27, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Java

    She was in favor of the First Amendment before she was against it.

    October 27, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Amobius

    Let me guess, another video tape of her looking like the idiot she is.

    October 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. blancheispoison

    TRAIN WRECK in Delaware.

    October 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. naptown D

    She should hire some of Rand Paul's stormtroopers to put a boot on the neck of the liberal local radio station elite......

    October 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. car1944

    There are a lot of comments today about how stupid this lady appears to be. There are also comments about the Tea Party this and the Tea Party that and finally there are comments about the Republican Party and it's stance on suing or whatever????

    What I would like to hear from the majority of you making comments is this: ARE YOU GOING TO VOTE??? Getting the Democratic base along with young voters out to stand up to this nonsense is the ultimate answer. Making jokes about a woman's knowledge of the Constitution does not win elections, your vote does.

    The Republicans have spent almost an entire two years making Americans believe that the train wreck our country is in was caused by Barak Obama and the Democrats. Anyone with a brain knows that that is not true. It is the right's hope that you and I will stay home on November 2, 2010. That is the way they can and will return to power. Listen to the news media. They are already giving the House and maybe the Senate to these neocons. I don't know about you, but I intend to do my part this coming November 2, 2010 and vote for the people we sent to Washington to do the people's business, not just stand around and say "NO".

    October 27, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. True Constitutionalist

    Wow! What a fascist little missy! What more evidence do you need to know her assertions that she treasures the Constitution ring hollow and she has never actually read it. You would think that after last week's debacle on the First Amendment, she would have taken time out to read it and attempt to understand that parts pertaining to freedom of speech and the press.

    What a MASSIVE hypocrite! She loves the Constitution in so far as she thinks it can protect and provide cover for her nefarious machinations. Witchy woman! What are you hiding from the people here!?

    October 27, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. DanteX

    Will someone -ANYONE- PLEASE put America out of its misery and shut this IDIOT up? PLEASE?!!!!

    October 27, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. sheppard

    @Debby – Maher is a moron? Like him or not, he's a smart guy. and next to odonnell – he looks like a genius!

    October 27, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    Wake up people! She's just a prop! she's the political equivilent of a cardboard cutout. She doesnt know anything, only says what she's been told to say and is being 'handled' into the election. Look at it objectively: Here is a candidate who was down on her luck, couldnt even pay rent, had very little going for her failed political career. She desperately needed the tea party. But quid pro quo: why did they pick her up? Why are they pouring truckloads of cash into DE? Not out of the goodness of their heart (if you believe THAT, then i've got a bridge i'd like to sell you). They 'adopted' her plain and simply because she could be BOUGHT.

    October 27, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Kay

    Isn't it interesting that Republicans hate lawyers and trials so much, but the first thing they do when things like free speech or fair elections don't go their way...is to sue? Typical.

    October 27, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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