November 1st, 2010
01:17 PM ET
12 years ago

War of words ensues in Delaware after TV exec hits back against O'Donnell

(CNN) - In the process of trying to motivate her base and convince last minute undecided voters to cast a ballot in her favor, Republican Christine O'Donnell has entered a war of words with a local television executive – and may have lost his vote in the process.

O'Donnell purchased eight 30-minute blocks of air time in Delaware last week, four of them on a local cable network operated by Tim Qualls that broadcasts in northern Delaware. The Senate candidate's campaign planned to run an Obama-style closing argument in the form of a 24-minute commercial meant to highlight O'Donnell's ties to Delaware and build connections with local voters. The ads were scheduled to run at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Qualls' network, as well as a local FOX affiliate.

Come 10 a.m. however, channel 28 failed to broadcast O'Donnell's ad and the campaign blasted the station on their Twitter account.

"This isn't our show…" one tweet read shortly after 10 a.m. ET. "We are told channel 28 'forgot' to air it...both times...even though we paid for the time slot last week."

Followed by: "Dirty politics again? I'd like to think the County run station really did just 'forget' even though we reminded them this morning."

Qualls told CNN that the campaign was given a Friday afternoon deadline to submit the ad and failed to deliver it on time. He says he needs 48 hours from delivery to be able to put an ad on his channel.

"We didn't receive the show until Saturday night," Qualls said in a phone interview. "They showed up at my employee’s house…at 11 p.m."

Qualls, who said he's been inundated with phone calls, said he supported O'Donnell but "she's losing my vote rapidly."

"I hate the fact that she's put it out there that it's politics," he said.

O'Donnell's campaign did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Meanwhile, Qualls says he hasn't seen any money from the O'Donnell campaign, but concedes one of his employees may have accepted payment for the ads without his knowledge.

"If I don't have any money, it sure as hell ain't going on," he said.

Update: O'Donnell campaign resolves ad dispute

Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. stufthis

    And she is one of the brighter ones in the bagger party.

    November 1, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. AB Baltimore MD

    Well this episode is typical of a dysfunctional senate campaign run by a woman with a checkered past and a quirky personality. Even if the ad ran as planned, it would not do Christine O'donnell any good at this late date. She would have been better off running this ad weeks ago. It's too late. She is expected to lose the race.

    November 1, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. AnOldGuy2

    She MIGHT be more believeable if her hair was blonde......or at least that could be her excuse.

    November 1, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Todd M

    O'Donnell, don't let a lame excuse get in the way of a good tirade, if that is the case. C'mon, even Hitler blamed everyone else at the end when the Russinas we're at his doorstep.

    November 1, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. HCX

    I am going to miss her antics after tomorrow.

    November 1, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. cf

    Dirty Republican politics at its finest. Say you're going to buy advertising, then don't pay for it and don't deliver your ad to the station on time, then "blame the media" for not airing it.

    November 1, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Moosehead

    Save your money O'Donnell,... you might need it to pay the rent and for groceries,.. because you sure as hell not going to Washington,.. and i hope when you and your fellow Tea Buggers are unemployed,.. you don't file for social assistance,.. you know,.. the kind Big Government doles out,.. the stuff you've been campaigning against.

    November 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Pretzel Logic

    Hey Christine. D'ja ever hear of the phrase "a lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part"? You want your ridiculous propaganda on TV on Sunday morning then you have to complete it before 11pm on Saturday night. What do you think this is? FDU?

    November 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Marcy

    She blames ploitics when, in fact, her people didn't get the info to them in time! It figure – #CrazyChristine!! I hope people will see what she is all about, if you haven't already!

    November 1, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...war of words with a local television executive – and may have lost his vote in the process." LMAO!! And could you imagine, this is all she wanted to DEAL WITH – Local radio stations!!!!

    Both O'Donnell and PALIN are the ANGRY ones!! They JUMP to the GUN without having all of the FACTS yet!!! This is why they are both DANGEROUS. Could you imagine PA'IN being President and because she HEARD SOMETHING through the grapevine she is ready to PRESS THE NUKE BUTTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH LORD, Please Help Us!!! The FAR-RIGHT should take notice of Kamela Harris in CA who’s running for Attorney General – she will show the RIGHT what a REAL WOMAN candidate is all about!!!!

    DEMOCRATS – Don't believe the HYPE – Put on your Red, White and Blue STRIPES – Get out and VOTE and pay No Attention to the far-right Stories – Let's WIN the RACE so we can continue to MOVE AMEIRCA FORWARD!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    November 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Mucklucky

    "if they accepted payment" could be verified in less time than it took to make this response... if the truth be told.

    November 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This sounds like a poor loser. You know that she is going to lose and spare Delaware the embarresment of this whole thing.

    November 1, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    I think the station should not only give her the money she spent back on the commerical but throw in a free spot and a public apology.

    November 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. vanessa

    Why waste all that money?... i'll b shocked if this idiot wins! shocked & VERY disappointed!.. please people see the mistake this will b.. what can she possible aaccomplish if she wins?.. she has no knowledge or intelligence 2 hold any seat!..

    November 1, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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