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. Kris

    Oh yeah, that nasty first amendment again. Darned if you do, darned if you don't. O'Donnell believes in the First Amendment except when she doesn't believe in it.

    October 27, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Bubba

    "We'll throw you down and stomp you," she cackled, then she flew away on a broom. Really, when will her fifteen minutes be up?

    October 27, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. SAY WHAT!!!

    Stomp on people's head, threaten to shut down business, walk around in public places with fire arms...what does the Tea Party think of it self...I am getting a little fed up with these 15% to 20% morons running around like they can do whatever they want...I think it is time to show these morons that the rest of us have guns too and we won't be keeping our cool for too long...

    October 27, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Eric in RTP

    Whats the excuse now lady? Oh okay.. freedoms only apply to you and noone else.... 😉 gotcha

    October 27, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. duffey

    Huh???? What is the 1st Admendent? Sounds like we heared this one before.

    October 27, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Video Guy

    O'Donnell is a expert on the First Amendment. Who is advising this little girl, she is stepping on it every time she turns around. The law suit may have been her meal ticket until the elections of 2012 when she runs for another office is is not qualified for.

    October 27, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. stickman

    All right... this is what america needs! Elitist tea party people who dont know the first thing about the constitution. If these whack jobs get elected, then the People of the USA are stupid... plain and simple...straight out dumb.

    October 27, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Cuso

    BWHAAAAHAHAAHAHAHAAHA. Some one get her a copy of the Constitution. Not that she would read it though.

    October 27, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Elle in Idaho

    I'm sure we'll soon see the video and all it entails. This lady is a walking circus. If she doesn't like how her interviews go, she needs to go back to her previous tactic of declining to do them.

    October 27, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. dave

    Hasn't she gotten used to people seeing her make a fool of herself by now?

    October 27, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Anita

    Darn-blast-it ~ there they go with that First Amendment thing again!

    October 27, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. maf

    In this day and age, when you are at a media outlet, it is likely that your interview/proceedings are going to be taped in some fashion, either audio or video. What did she think was going to occur?
    More idiocy from the Party of O'Donnell. The TPGOP are a laugh a minute, too bad some of them are going to get elected!

    October 27, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. anonymous

    What's that? O'Donnell doesn't understand the first amendment... again?

    October 27, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. jdurand

    Stupid is and stupid does. This woman gives Palin a run for the money in the stupidity race.

    October 27, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. FoolKiller

    There is a big difference in threatening someone with bodily harm, and threatening to sue... but you wouldn't know it from reading this biased article.

    October 27, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. DB

    Another implosion...

    October 27, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    LOL she sure knows about the constitution... especially the 1st Amendment LOL! typical tea-bagger.

    October 27, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Tiffany

    Why in the hell did she do the interview then?

    October 27, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. KEVIN

    This O'Dummie is funny as hell. She is dumb as Silly Sarah and now she is threatening a radio station she gave an interview, well good for her. She didn't set the ground rules and now she want to change them mid stream. I glad the radio station was not scared and kept their tape. We will see it real soon as I am quite sure that their is enough laughter on that tape to keep SNL on the air for a very long time. reThugliCan't GOBPers Purtid Tea Bagges = Laughter all around the world.

    October 27, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Steve From NH

    I thought they (Tea Partying Constitutional experts) didn't do that sort of thing?

    October 27, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Laurie

    Once again, this candidate shows she doesn't know what is legal and what is not. Threatening to sue if someone doesn't do what you want them to do is wrong and she doesn't know it. She also doesn't know anything about the 1st amendment as she has already shown during a debate. She is not someone you would want running the country.

    October 27, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Mr. Tea

    DANG! She Crazy.

    October 27, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Andrew Logsdon

    I think the version of the Constitution O'Donnell and other Tea Party candidates must read: "Congress shall make no law barring the use of Irony."

    October 27, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Peter

    another reason why tea party candidates shouldnt be elected.

    October 27, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. 2PartiesAintEnuff

    You would think after her first blundering about not knowing what the First Amendment is that she would at least look it up before giving anymore interviews...awesome. I might vote for her anyway just to make things interesting.

    October 27, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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