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. Anonymous

    This has to be that fibrous law suits that W always talked about. I think Miss O'Donnell's worst enemy is herself. Every time she opens her mouth something stupid comes out!

    October 27, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. grenadine

    I just read on WDEL's website that she was having problems answering questions from the host as well as from callers. When attacking Chris Coon's "spending habits", he asked her what she would have done differently, and her answer was that she was running for State Senate and not for County council or something.

    Apparently, she was embarrassing herself yet again, and her people didn't want it to be all over the news. HA! take that suckas!

    October 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. guest

    I'm getting my costume ready for Halloween!

    October 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. rick

    Typical Tea-Nazi behavior.

    October 27, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Mark

    You can't sue someone because of your own stupidity idiot. LOL. O'Donnell is a fool. Literally.

    October 27, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Lisa - VA

    WTH...what a JOKE.

    October 27, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    It seems during the interview she made some spell casting hand movements she doesn't want people to see.

    October 27, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. ART

    Hey foolkiller the bodily harm part comes later when some tea party nut job stomps on someones head

    October 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Stoprunning

    These people are so bad for America, I wish I could vote for them.

    I'm in a boring state...boooooo, I want to vote for the nuts

    October 27, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    I'm all for a government by the people and for the people, but could the people be just a wee bit more intelligent and mature than O'Donnell and the idiots who voted for her to be their nominee?!?

    Then again, I'm a Democrat and it's good to reveal to the world how moronic the teabaggers truly are.

    October 27, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Rick

    i trully don`t understand any of your politics...it`s enough i listen to some of the idiots up here in Canada...but my God you do have a couple of weirdos.trying to be elected...and people stating that maybe Sarah Palin could be a presidential canditate & even the next president....come on my southern friends .. .....tell me someone that... this is joke....right

    October 27, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Just Me

    Sarah Palin needs to give this witch a ride on her broom to Alaska.

    October 27, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Steve From NH

    stevegee – "Vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility and opportunity – vote Republican."
    Now THAT, is funny. You probably aren't old enough to remember the last time they told us that.

    October 27, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    She said those things on the radio – why can't they broadcast the video? If you don't believe in what you're saying and don't have the wherewithal and guts to stand by your words, you certainly don't belong anywhere NEAR the US Senate!

    October 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Jack

    Mrs. O'Donnell

    You step into this arena, stand up take it!

    October 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. palermo

    Of course she wanted to sue...it sort of smacks of her failed multi-million dollar frivolous lawsuit of a few years ago. She has had no visible means of support for many years other than the campaign contributions she uses for her never-ending political campaigns. Apparently, as long as she keeps her campaign headquarters in her home it is legal. She will most likely leave this failed Senate campaign a millionaire, and immediately start a campaign to run for the Senate again. She is basically just a scam artist.

    October 27, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Jeff in TX

    I thought she'd threaten to turn the station manager into a newt! This is so silly. Her entire political career may have ended.

    October 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    when is the RNC goig to apologize for the cast of carazies that have put forth?
    If this party is to ever to be taken seriously, they must first disavow the Tea Party crackpots and then start backing REAL candidates.

    October 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Olaf Big

    Nah, she does not need a copy of constitution. If she has not read it before, she won't now. Maybe just scribble a couple of quick facts on the back of her hand, like "Masturbation is not against the law".

    October 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. paulbark

    O'Donnell still doesn't understand Constitutional Freedoms. Scary. Forget the witch stuff. There are many more scarier things about O'Donnell.

    October 27, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Stephen

    Fortunately O'Donnell is so far behind in the polls she will not make it to Washington. The scary part is there are other TPer's out there with higher poll numbers and more money (Angell, Miller, Buck, Bachmann and others) who can and will go to Washington and this is the kind of bull boogers we will have to put up with. They can actually help Obama in 2012.

    October 27, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Jason B.

    And she wants to be a Congresswoman? What's she gonna do...sue C-SPAN too?

    October 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Susan in AR

    I wonder if the videotape showed her picking her nose?

    October 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Catherine in Tulsa

    I know she's thinking "that effing first amendment AGAIN!!! I should probably read that thing!"

    October 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. LINDA

    This woman is beyond anyone without a brain and she has no brain-she knows nothing just like palin-and all the rest of the republican party all they want is to keep us back and themselves full of money in their pockets-they don't care about the american people,they did this to us for 8yrs and now want to repeat the process-hell no,we want go. back all their lies are the same-donot be fooled by these lies the republican party are saying-it's no different than 8yrs ago-if we go back it is our fault-donot let them republicans win for our jobs have already been sent over seas because of them-do we want to repeat ourselves-they get money from big billionares and rich friends to give them money for their campaigns in return for favors to keep jobs going over seas and profiting from them right into their pockets-their lies have been exposed I just hope and pray no republican gets anywhere in the WH.for if they do AMERICA WE ARE DOOMED AGAIN FROM THEM REPUBLICANS

    October 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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