Former GOP Senate candidates remain active
February 8th, 2011
02:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Former GOP Senate candidates remain active

Washington (CNN) - Two of the Republicans who lost high profile Senate races in last year's mid-terms are vowing to stay engaged with new political efforts.

Delaware candidate Christine O'Donnell, who captured the political world's attention after her upset victory against Rep. Michael Castle in the primary, sent an email Tuesday to supporters detailing the beginning of her political action committee, ChristinePAC, and asking for donations.

Colorado's Ken Buck is also forming a non-profit group. "Balance America" will be dedicated to state-based research, education and leadership to push an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced budget, Buck said in a statement.

O'Donnell, who was very successful fundraising following her surprise primary win, was also the subject of much ridicule for some of her talk show appearances years ago. She was soundly defeated by Democrat Chris Coons in the general election.

Her current email pitch lashes out at the establishment for attacking her: "I'm determined not to let them destroy our movement. If I stand alone, though, I'm no match for the liberal media and the political establishment. But, with us standing together to fight, they don't have a chance!"

"A strong ChristinePAC will enable me to counter the liberal-controlled GOP establishment in upcoming Congressional Primaries. Remember, for primary challengers to win, conservatives need (sic) to start organizing now in 2011 – or else candidates who reflect our values won't be able to run an effective 2012 campaign."

O'Donnell doesn't directly mention the ongoing investigation by the Justice Department and the FBI concerning whether she improperly used campaign funds in past elections for personal use. A source familiar with the investigation told CNN in December such a probe was underway. In her email to supporters Tuesday she does note: "You've probably heard about the latest smear on me." Previously she has denied any wrongdoing.

O'Donnell is currently working on a book about the 2010 election that is scheduled to be published later this year.

In his statement, Buck says his non-profit group will organize and train activists in all 50 states to help push ratification.

"After the last election many DC politicians have finally jumped on the BBA (Balanced Budget Amendment) bandwagon and that's great. We'll take it. But the solutions to our nation's problems don't come from Washington, they come from grassroots Americans working to overcome the mess DC has started," Buck said.

Buck, who won a primary race against a more establishment candidate, lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the general election.

"Colorado's grassroots and I were certainly not happy about barely losing my race last year. But now that's less important compared to the real danger of national financial ruin unless we take back our future from those who are squandering it," Buck said.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Emma

    This is so she doesn't have to work!!!!

    February 8, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. chelle

    "A strong ChristinePAC will enable me to counter the liberal-controlled GOP establishment in upcoming Congressional Primaries"

    That may be one of the funniest things this ditzy woman has ever said – and given her past reveries, that is saying something. Liberal controlled GOP!!!! Wow – just wow.

    February 8, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    What would we do in this world for laughter if there weren't any crazy people?

    February 8, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Video Guy

    Sounds like someone needs rent money.

    February 8, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Freedom

    Hooray for these two wonderful, Conservative Heroes!!! May God Bless them!

    February 8, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. SPLAT!~

    Please send a check to ChristinePAC, her rent is due and she's out of eye of newt.

    February 8, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. mcore

    She wants more money? Hahahahahaha.

    February 8, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Republicans = Fascists -aka- ReFascisticans

    Christine O'Donnel needs to hop on her broomstick and head back to Eastwick.

    February 8, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. they call me "tater salad"

    That's what these people do.........They don't have real jobs.......All they know is how to make a living at being "professional" candidates bilking the ignorant and uninformed/mis-informed of anything they can get so they themselves can afford themselves a nice living off of the proceeds!.........Kinda pathetic if you think about it!

    February 8, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    "Her current email pitch lashes out at the establishment for attacking her ..."

    So, we're supposed to just ignore the fact that she didn't even know that the First Amendment of the US Constitution specifically states that "government shall establish no religion"?

    These GOP "hopefuls" need to get it through their thick skulls that our country deserves and needs better from it's elected representatives than someone who's simply photogenic and willing to mouth off at the slightest provocation.

    If she can't stand the heat, then she needs to get out of the kitchen. Those of us who not only care about our country, but have taken the time to actually read the Constitution and have the mental capacity to understand it are not going to keep our mouths shut while nincompoops such as O'Donnell try to harm our nation.

    February 8, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    "A strong ChristinePAC will enable me to counter the liberal-controlled GOP establishment in upcoming Congressional Primaries."

    So now the GOP is her enemy ... interesting ... anyone who disagrees with O'Donnell is personally out to get her. Sounds like the only form of government she would be happy with would be a dictatorship. Perhaps she should go live in North Korea for awhile and then report back to us on how that works for her ...

    February 8, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Jim Sutherland

    Why would you give Christine O'Donnel and crediability 1 O h I forgot this is the same news network that aire Michelle Backman or what ever her name is air time.

    February 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. paul

    Has she run out of money for her personal expenses already??????

    February 8, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Jc Ohio

    Okay this has to be one of the funniest most contradictory statements I've heard in all day ...
    "the liberal-controlled GOP establishment "
    Talk about an oxymoron!!!!

    February 8, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Tam

    "Our movement" ?? like in BM?

    February 8, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Jamie from Riverside

    But I thought she said she wasn't a witch.

    February 8, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    A Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget is stupid. If America were attacked, we would not be able to go into debt to defend ourselves. Or if we have another bad hurricane season; how would we pay for that unexpected event? What if we are attacked AND we experience unexpected natural disasters? Or our enemies figure out that all they have to do is attack us when we have unexpected natural disasters – that'd bankrupt us quick!

    Do these yahoos even think past the sound-bites that so blithely fall from their lips?

    And are these the same yahoos who think we should continue coddling the wealth who don't invest in our country, by cutting their taxes and not raising the income cap on FICA?

    What a bunch of morons!

    February 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Nick , California

    So she still doesn't want a real job... hmmm? Donations??? aka. rent.. food.. clothes.. and this is the party of "fiscal responsibility"???

    February 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The political arena is one that rivals Hollywood......full of self-indulgence, petty bickering, and unethical behavior. Those who seek to enter it.......well, you have to question their motives.

    February 8, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. rusty155

    Yes Christine O'Donnell wants you too send money to ChristinePac , She need money to pay her rent and buy food because she to lazy to work for a living. She not Qualified for any Pubic Office of any kind.

    February 8, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. dofacc

    Golly gee, those bleeding heart liberals of the GOP establishment are really going to get it this time!!!!


    February 8, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. harvey 60

    paying her rent with campaign donations wasn't good enough, now she wants to buy property with her PAC funds. once a thief, always a thief.

    February 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. 11cavnam

    Christine must be behind in some bills again, asking for "donations". The supposed "liberal media" didnt bring Christine O'Donnell down, Christine O'Donnell brought Christine O'Donnell did. Imagine two women that look good, Sarah and Christine, and both together dont have the intelligence to realize that most of America looks at them as some sort of cosmic joke.

    February 8, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. kayla

    it's all about the benjamins

    February 8, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Write your check to Christine O'Donnell's landlord or her mother that way you will know exactly where your money went and that way she would avoid any investigation.

    February 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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