Christine O'Donnell: "Mike Castle, Call Off Your Goons!"

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Sept. 3 2010 9:25 AM

Christine O'Donnell: "Mike Castle, Call Off Your Goons!"

Last night I got a chance to talk to Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party Express-backed candidate in Delaware's GOP primary for U.S. Senate. She'd had a tough day, starting the morning with a hostile radio interview with conservative host Dan Gaffney which quickly spread around the political blogosphere as proof that she couldn't hack it as a candidate. As she said on the air, O'Donnell blew off the interview as an ambush set by supporters of Mike Castle, the moderate GOP congressman who had been expected to easily win the primary.

"The tentacles of the Mike Castle campaign go pretty far!" she laughed.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics


O'Donnell said she was buoyed by a Tea Party Express poll showing her down only 5 points to Castle, and by evidence that Castle's attacks were helping her. The day that Castle bought ads on The Drudge Report, she said, she quickly raised $21,000 online. The ferocity of the Delaware GOP's campaign against her, she said, was obvious -- so obvious that the attempts to portray her as paranoid were backfiring.

"The Weekly Standard quotes me saying that I'm being followed," she said, "and [Delaware GOP chairman] Tom Ross says oh, she's delusional. But thatsame guy with the camera was in D.C. That same guy was in the candidate forum lastnight. I'm delusional? He's the one posting all the videos on YouTube!"

I mentioned to O'Donnell that one of the latest knocks against her was her appearance making a pro-abstinence, anti-masturbation argument on the MTV show "Sex in the 90s," 12 years ago.

"Oh, my goodness, he wants to make an issue out of that?" said O'Donnell. "That's a good way of insulting his Christian base, don't you think? And who's going to get out his vote? The pro-cap-and-trade Republicans? The pro-big spending Republicans? The pro-human experimentation Republicans?"

O'Donnell told me that she'd never actually voted for Castle. His 11th hour barrage, she said, was a distraction from the votes that had turned Delaware Republicans and tea partiers against him since the start of 2009.

"Mike Castle, call off your goons," she said. "Let's talk about your record. Let's talk about how we're going to get more private sector jobs in Delaware."

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.

Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.

Brow Beat

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The Procedural Rule That Could Prevent Gay Marriage From Reaching SCOTUS Again

  News & Politics
Oct. 20 2014 8:14 PM You Should Be Optimistic About Ebola Don’t panic. Here are all the signs that the U.S. is containing the disease.
Oct. 20 2014 7:23 PM Chipotle’s Magical Burrito Empire Keeps Growing, Might Be Slowing
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don't Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 9:13 PM The Smart, Talented, and Utterly Hilarious Leslie Jones Is SNL’s Newest Cast Member
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2014 4:59 PM Canadian Town Cancels Outdoor Halloween Because Polar Bears
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.