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. BobInIrvine

    Christine O'Donnell to her campaign staff: "Is Freedom of the Press in the First Amendment?"

    October 27, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Brian, NJ

    She is running for US Senate, but does not want to be videotaped. The sad thing is, even though she will lose, 45% or so of the Delaware electorate will vote for her.

    October 27, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(real one)

    A sign of desperation by O'Donnell.

    October 27, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Upon further investigation? Just more proof this idiot knows very little about the Constitution she claims to love so much.

    October 27, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Joshua Ludd

    Also... way to do more damage to your campaign and reputation than would have been done by the video in the first place.

    October 27, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. alpha_nu_916

    the liberal media – always hiding behind something called the constitution! what an outrage! ms. o'donnell is bigger than the 1st amendment . . . the tea party is bigger than the 1st amendment!

    October 27, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Jimmy Kelley

    Why doesn's she just cast a spell on the station....that should take care of that.

    October 27, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Moosehead

    These Tea Baggers, are intent on spreading lies and misinformation,.. and when they're called out, they would like to suppress the media. Nazi and Communist regime tactics.

    October 27, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Rosslaw

    Christy O'Donnell, protector of the original intent of the Constitution-except for all the parts that running joke and her ilk want to change.

    October 27, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. JonDie

    Republicans and their lawyers! Always threatening to sue. Since Republicans are always bashing lawyers, it should be illegal for any Republican to be a lawyer or use a lawyer.

    October 27, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. markit8dude

    Apparantly there's a lot about the First Amendment that O'Donnell doesn't know.

    October 27, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Joe Corbett

    This woman is a political train wreck. I'm actually starting to feel sort of bad for her.

    October 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Yessir. You Tea-tards and your candidates certainly are the cream of the American crop. Hateful of lawyers and our current judicial stystem, yet versed in your own homegrown delusions about constitutional law and litigation. Disrespectful of scientific findings from our country's brightest minds, yet strict adherents of your own dabblings into creationist, corporate-funded psuedo-science. Boy, I'm so glad many of my fellow citizens are so ready to throw themselves and their families at the mercy of ignorance and delusion, to drag our country and its economy back into the Dark Ages. It bring tears to my eyes, to be an American.

    October 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Peace

    2010 mid-term election, is the election of its kind. We are witnessing what we never thought of before.

    October 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Sgt. Joe

    Don't forget, she know little about the amendments. This poor thing needs to get a real job; pathetic....almost sad.

    October 27, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Jacob

    oh how fun!
    see just how terrific she would be in public office! she throws around threats as well as Palin!

    October 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. kenneth fusilier

    Why don't this mooron of a witch just ride her broom far away from civilization and take her hand full of supporters(whom she tricked)with her?

    October 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Marcus

    Still without a clue about how things REALLY work regarding the 1st Ammendment...
    No surprise here.

    October 27, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. June in Chicago

    Nice. Any some of you want this crazy in Washington? Thank God I don't live in Delaware. Good luck folks!

    October 27, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. b10mtrk

    While impossible to know, I will leap to the conclusion there was a remark or two that did not endear Ms. O'Donnell to the electorate and this was an attempt at damage control – just guessing. Otherwise why care?

    October 27, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. gary

    She needs a law suit so she can pay her upcoming rent. As soon as she loses the election, there will be no more campaign money for her personal bills and living expenses. What a joke and a money leech she is.

    October 27, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Me

    Sounds like O'Donnell's attorney is as unfamiliar with the first amendment as O'Donnell is.

    October 27, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. zazu

    You can admit to lying like Joe Miller of Alaska or act in this disgraceful and ignorant manner like Christine, lie and cheat like Vitter of Lousiana or John Ensign of Nevada or threaten violence like Sharon Angle and Boarden of Dallas Texas and you are still competitive in the Polls. Heck, they might actually win. These are corrupt even before they take office and this is a new low for our democracy. the People who are telling us they are going to change Washington for the better. People are so hateful of the president and the democratic party that they are willing to put these corrupt individuals in power. Wow! And they rile against corruption?

    October 27, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Tired of the nonsense

    I wonder what stupid thing she said now.

    Then again, everything she says is stupid.

    October 27, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. sara

    What a joke some people are.

    October 27, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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