I live in southern Delaware and am a registered Republican. I voted for Mike Castle in the 2010 primary, laughing at the very thought that Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party candidate, would win a face-off against Castle. After all, Castle served two terms as governor of Delaware and nine terms in the House. O’Donnell comes into the arena with no political experience. It was a sad day in Mudville when O’Donnell won the primary, ousting Castle as the Republican candidate from Delaware for the U.S. Senate.
About Christine O’Donnell
O’Donnell, born in 1969, has worked as a political commentator for Fox News and as a marketing consultant. O’Donnell was sued by her college for unpaid tuition; defaulted on her taxes; used campaign funds for personal expenses, including rent; spent campaign funds recklessly to the point of not paying staff'”it’s all been in the news even before the primary. The September 2010 primary in Delaware resulted in 30,563 votes for O’Donnell against 27,021 votes for Castle.
By early October 2010, Christine O’Donnell was appearing in television campaign ads. Dressed in a v-neck black suit with pearl necklace and pictured against a dark background, in one ad, O’Donnell starts by telling us she is not a witch, a claim she makes to counter a taped event in which she said she had dabbled in witchcraft as a teen. She then says, “I’m you.”
O’Donnell says in another television ad that she knows how “tough it is to make and keep a dollar.” That ad too ends with her saying, “I’m you.”
No, Christine O’Donnell, you are NOT me!
One of O’Donnell’s 2010 campaign claims is that the government spends money recklessly, and this comes from someone who defaulted on her taxes and college tuition. She also used campaign money for her own personal expenses. I’ve always paid all my bills and on time. So, no Christine O’Donnell, you are NOT me.
I do not believe in, nor do I support witchcraft. So, no Christine O’Donnell, you are NOT me.
The Delaware Republican Party filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission. The complaint listed items stated above, plus lots of others. For example, she did not pay all her vendors for her unsuccessful 2008 campaign. She did not pay all her staff. However, there was one “staff member” the newspaper reports she did pay-her mother. The newspaper went so far as to say that Christine O’Donnell is a fraud. So, no Christine O’Donnell, you are NOT me.
O’Donnell’s limited work experience reflects someone who reports on politics, good use of the English Literature degree, but not justification for running for state Senator. O’Donnell says she will lower taxes. She cannot personally make that happen and can only vote to lower taxes. Plus, she has provided no plan on how she will lower taxes. I would never attempt to take on a job for which I have no or extremely limited experience like O’Donnell is doing. So, no Christine O’Donnell, you are NOT me.
Where my vote is going
Sure, O’Donnell knows how “tough it is to make and keep a dollar.” She has not, however, proven that she can make and keep a dollar. With no proven track record of fiscal responsibility, why should we Delawareans trust her with our tax money?
I’m a registered Republican in Delaware, but in November 2010, I will be voting for Democrat Chris Coons to be the nextU.S.Senator for the State of Delaware. My name is Barbara Raskauskas, and I approve this message.