Cornyn: NRSC fully backing O’Donnell, giving maximum donation

posted at 11:35 am on September 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for wiser heads to prevail in the GOP establishment.  After a report last night that the NRSC would abandon Delaware after the GOP favorite Mike Castle lost to Christine O’Donnell, Senator John Cornyn has announced that the organization will offer its full support — including a healthy dose of cash:

Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.

We remain committed to holding Democrat nominee New Castle County Executive Chris Coons accountable this November, as we inform voters about his record of driving his county to the brink of bankruptcy and supporting his party’s reckless spending policies in Washington.

Furthermore, Cornyn challenged Democrats to do the same:

It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees, including in key battleground states like Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Illinois, and New Hampshire, among others. The Democrats’ indecision reflects the fact that Republicans are on offense in at least 12 Democrat-held states and we are leading in the polls in seven of those 12 states.

That’s a sharp way to turn this meme on its head. Will the media follow up on the DSCC’s level of support in those races with the same vigor that they reported on rumors last night regarding Delaware?  The DSCC will certainly sink a lot of resources in Delaware in order to take advantage of the high profile the race now has, but that will be money spent on defense, as the Democrats already hold this seat — and it may take away from defenses elsewhere.

Kudos to Cornyn for addressing this quickly and forcefully.  If Castle had won, we would have heard nothing but calls for unity this morning.  Cornyn has literally put the NRSC’s money where its mouth would have been, and he deserves congratulations for this leadership decision.


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Cronyn’s attempt to prevent the world from thinking he is totally insane only cost him $42,000 plus the millions that those who are fed up with the GOP establishment will refrain from contributing. Whoever is responsible for the release of the statement last night should be disciplined publcly if not outright fired.

volsense on September 15, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I can see this lady has become a comment magnet. I’m sure it has nothing to do with her looks

kwbrownie2003 on September 15, 2010 at 5:17 PM

kwbrownie2003 on September 15, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Hmmm.. Chris Christie seems to generate a LOT of comments as well, but that might be because the hardware that clanks beneath his trousers. Scott Brown also manages to attract commentary to some degree as well.

Palin, Bachmann, O’Donnell are objectively attractive women, but I believe that their very real triple-D conservatism are the real magnets that many Hot Air readers reach for. They talk the talk and walk the walk.

When more men start behaving like true right of center champions, they will generate a lot of comments as well.

itzWicks on September 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Proving once again that Bob Dylan was right – you don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows!

Lonetown on September 15, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Remember: Every dollar the Dems have to spend in Deleware is a dollar they AREN’T spending in Nevada, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, Washington, Illinois…or West Virginia.

Manchin was supposedly “A Lock”.

For a supposed “lock” he certainly fell from double digits to a five point lead awfully quick.

There’s gold to be mined in the Mountain State…

SuperCool on September 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Fred Thompson, chuckling, remarked how O’Donnell looks a lot like Palin, said that should O’Donnell win her senate seat, that would make mute the criticism that Palin can’t win the presidency.

Whoever is responsible for the release of the statement last night should be disciplined publcly if not outright fired.

volsense on September 15, 2010 at 5:04 PM

That NRSC leak could be a Democratic agent who sold the media whole cloth. But I agree with you, that it definitely came from within the NRSC. And it smacks of the McCain campaign insider saboteurs.

Expose saboteurs of conservatism who “leak” sensitive fabricated evidence to smear a candidate or discredit a research report. Next, the media will repeat ad infinitum as if “fact on the record”.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

What IS the story on Coons?

tmedlin on September 15, 2010 at 6:27 PM

I wont give a penny to big GOP.

Steele is wishy washy at best and needs to go.

I have and will continue support for individual candidates.

RealMc on September 15, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Guess she doesn’t need the $45K since she got $500K today per Drudge. Wish she would tell the RNC/whatever it is called to stick the $45K.

Dingbat63 on September 15, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Just checked out her site. She’s got a goal of $750K and they’re at 84% of that. That comes to over $630K now. I don’t think that all came from the residents of Delaware.

Oldnuke on September 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Jesmer is executive director of NRSC, by the way.

Wethal on September 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

If he is the one responsible for that NRSC leak last night, and if he happens to be that “highranking” anonymous source who takes shots at Conservatives like DeMint or the Tea Party candidates in general, then this bum should be fired and in a public way. If the Republicans take over the Senate, I hope the fresh conservative blood will force a changing of the guard.

Palin just made Rove look like a fool…Demint is up next.

d1carter on September 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Whoah, what was that aboyt DeMint? Palin and DeMint are on the same side, they both endorsed O’Donnell even. Neither one is out to make the other look like a fool and DeMint is doing from the inside what Palin is doing from the outside, he is VERY important.

Daemonocracy on September 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Just checked out her site. She’s got a goal of $750K and they’re at 84% of that. That comes to over $630K now. I don’t think that all came from the residents of Delaware.

Oldnuke on September 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Are you kidding? that’s huge! It’s bigger than Delaware’s GDP (I kid you DE!)

add in DeMint’s contribution and she’ll be at a million. I don’t know what Coons has in the bank, but I’ve been looking into him as a candidate and he is incredibly weak. O’Donnell may not be the strongest candidate but even in Delaware I feel she can beat Coons who has copy and pasted his message from the Pelosi playbook and is so far left that delaware will have a choice between the “Ultra Conservative” or the “bearded Marxist”. Even in Delaware, they’ll go with the Ultra Conservative so long as she focuses on fiscal issues and avoid any major gaffes.

Daemonocracy on September 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Daemonocracy on September 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM

This is not some two-bit backwater House seat though, if Coons gets in trouble the democratics will pour money into DE. Their final triage stage may be to ignore the House and dump everything into Senate races. Agree Coons is weak, but money won’t be a problem for him.

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day…Has Cornyn and the NRSC been right this year?

Gohawgs on September 15, 2010 at 8:07 PM

okay, after reading the entire quote from Cornyn… this line “and I personally as the committee’s chairman” kind of sticks out like a sore thumb to me…

It sounds to me, like the original comment was something that was done by a “traitor” in the NRSC.. and Cornyn got blindsided by the comment as well, ala the McCain staffers who were backstabbing Palin (and in effect McCain) throughout the presidential campaign.

DaSaintFan on September 15, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Oh lordy, O’Reilly is going to be fuming for days. O’Donnell wouldn’t appear on his show yet she’s on Hannity right now.

Oldnuke on September 15, 2010 at 9:05 PM

My only worry is that there is no election in Delaware for next 4 years? How will this nut eat?

rightistliberal on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

My only worry is that there is no election in Delaware for next 4 years? How will this nut eat?

rightistliberal on September 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Thanks for your “concern”, but I think she will do just fine…dont worry your empty little head about her…

lovingmyUSA on September 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

It remains to be seen whether national Democrats will provide a similar level of support for many of their nominees,

Are the Dems helping their guy in SC, Alvin Green?

TN Mom on September 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

This Massachusset Tea Partier just sent in my contribution to Christine O’Donnell. Thank you “Tokyo Rove”.

geo11 on September 16, 2010 at 12:03 AM

RASMUSSEN: First Post-Primary Poll in Delaware

Coons (D) 53%
O’Donnell (R) 42%

Down by 26 points on Tuesday, O’Donnell now down by only 11 points on Thursday… But hey, Rove says we can’t win this seat…

Keemo on September 16, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Donated 25 bucks of my hard earned money to O’Donnell today. Wish I had more to give.

Keemo on September 16, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Christine O’Donnell has now moved her goal to $1.5 million. She is currently at 92% of that goal at $1,383,441.

It may be possible that the DNSC will try to work hard to elect Coons, but it also appears that O’Donnell will have a substantial war chest of her own to work with. This is actually a very good development for the Republicans.

Delaware will not become a cash sink for the Democrats. Since Coons is so transparently liberal, that gives the O’Donnell campaign a huge hammer to swing. This election will be all about the economy. O’Donnell will be able to show the voters that Coons has turned his county into a fiscal disaster area.

Meanwhile, O’Donnell is saying the right things. She is saying that her religion has “matured” and she is taking a softer stance on social issues at the moment. She needs to continue to press the social issues to the backgrounds and stay on message about economic issues where she is a clear winner.

When presented with a tax and spend liberal or a fiscal conservative the voters will forgive O’Donnell for some rough spots just to get rid of the problem that Coons represents toward an economic recovery.

The important factor is for O’Donnell to challenge Coons. If she can do that the Dems will sink money into Delaware. But it is possible for O’Donnell to win despite a huge cash expenditure by the Dems and that will take money away from other races where the Republicans could squeak out a win.

Hawthorne on September 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM

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