Feds investigating Christine O’Donnell for misusing campaign funds

posted at 7:15 pm on December 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

RINO conspiracy?

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury…

At least two former campaign workers have alleged that she routinely used political contributions to pay her personal expenses in recent years as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006. The Washington-based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission making similar allegations and asked Delaware’s federal prosecutor to investigate…

During her three failed Senate bids, O’Donnell had numerous campaign treasurers, many of who left after serving brief stints. After losing two treasurers in 2009, she named herself treasurer until this past summer. Another short-term treasurer took over in August and resigned less than two months later, when Moran added the treasurer’s role to his campaign manager responsibilities.

A “top Delaware Republican” confirmed the fact of the investigation to Politico, although it’s worth noting that the state GOP once filed its own FEC complaint against her for accepting contributions from the Tea Party Express ahead of September’s RINOgeddon primary with establishment fave Mike Castle. Here’s CREW’s press release from September touting their complaint against her; their chief witness is a former aide who claims she used campaign money to pay for meals, gas, and even a few months of rent. (O’Donnell’s camp claims she was using the apartment as her campaign HQ, but the AP counters that that wouldn’t necessarily let her off the hook.) Another former aide also claimed before the primary that she lived off campaign money in 2008 — although that same aide ended up recording a robocall for the Castle-supporting GOP. This issue came up too in John McCormack’s interview with O’Donnell in September, serving as a springboard for her now-famous digression about operatives sent by her opponents following her home and hiding in the bushes to harass her.

Team O’Donnell’s response to the charges? From a blast e-mail sent this afternoon:

Campaign Manager Matt Moran responded to the rumor of a criminal investigation, “We have heard absolutely nothing other than the same unsubstantiated allegations and rumors that have been circulating in the press for months. If anything does materialize from this rumor, we will continue to fully cooperate as we have made every attempt to ensure we are in compliance with all rules and regulations. The politically motivated charge was all started by false accusations by Christine’s political opponents, and ratcheted up by former Biden staffer Melanie Sloan and CREW with their false claims. Let us be clear: there was no impermissible use of campaign funds. Period. This is just an ongoing effort by the George Soros-funded CREW and other liberal groups and individuals to intimidate and threaten Christine, even after the election.”

Christine O’Donnell continued, “Since anonymous sources are being taken seriously, please allow me to share some tips I’ve received and keep the tipsters’ identities anonymous. We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart. Specifically they told me the plan was to crush me with investigations, lawsuits and false accusations so that my political reputation would become so toxic no one would ever get behind me. I was warned by numerous sources that the DE political establishment is going to use every resource available to them. So given that the King of the Delaware Political Establishment just so happens to be the Vice President of the most liberal Presidential administration in U.S. history, it is no surprise that misuse and abuse of the FBI would not be off the table. And further connecting the dots, do you think it is just a coincidence that Melanie Sloan was a senior Biden staffer just before she joined CREW and filed her complaint against me?!

“I have faith that our supporters and the general public will see right through these thug tactics. This is simply an Establishment trick to stop the anti-establishment Tea Party movement in its tracks. Heck, the Presidency is at stake in 2012.”

Emphases mine. In other words, as McCormack puts it, she thinks Joe Biden is out to get her. Two questions. First, given the fact that a total zero like Chris Coons managed to pull off a landslide win in a year characterized by huge Republican gains, why would Democrats want to make sure that O’Donnell could “never again upset the apple cart”? She’s their preferred Republican nominee forevermore, I’m sure. And second, does O’Donnell actually … believe any of this? The vice president’s going to take down the tea party by pursuing an FBI investigation against a candidate whom conservatives have already discarded? Alas, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee, we hardly knew ye.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

It’s a witch hunt I tell ya!

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Wow!..A witch hunt in 2010!..:)

Dire Straits on December 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Probably better that the truth come out and clear her.

jeanie on December 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM

You beat me to it..:)

Dire Straits on December 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

RINO conspiracy?

Payback’s a b*tch. Or is that, payback’s a witch?

At any rate, Christine mightily angered the RINOs and will now suffer the consequences. For hell hath no fury like a squishy moderate scorned.

FlameWarrior on December 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Well we did do the nose…… and the hat…..

rightwingyahooo on December 29, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Is her new slogan gonna be “I’m not a witch, I’m a felon”?

Good thing she has that $1,000,000 stocked up …

Ian on December 29, 2010 at 7:20 PM

That dastardly Karl Rove has to be behind this..:)

Dire Straits on December 29, 2010 at 7:21 PM

A “top Delaware Republican” confirmed the fact of the investigation to Politico, although it’s worth noting that the state GOP once filed its own FEC complaint against her for accepting contributions from the Tea Party Express ahead of September’s RINOgeddon primary with establishment fave Mike Castle.

lol, keep voting Republican.

hawkdriver on December 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

You know?

When someone says “It’s not for the money … ” it’s for the money.

When someone says “I’m not a witch … ” well, …

(If nothing else, it’s the most stupid statement made by a political contender).

BowHuntingTexas on December 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Wow!..A witch hunt in 2010!..:)

Dire Straits on December 29, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Maybe she’s from Salem Delaware?

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Regardless of her eventual guilt or innocence, it certainly is fair to say that there certainly has been a f**kload of people from all over and both parties gunning for her pretty intensly and for a long time.

I fail to see why.

Tim Zank on December 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Sad part is, there are still a lot of tools out there to whom this will give her even more anti-establishment cred. They hear her talking about all the forces aligned against her and they eat it up. She’s their martyr.

Mark1971 on December 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Sad part is, there are still a lot of tools out there to whom this will give her even more anti-establishment cred. They hear her talking about all the forces aligned against her and they eat it up. She’s their martyr.

Mark1971 on December 29, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Especially if the investigation turns up nothing.

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Awwwwwww, all the good “witch hunt” cracks have already been made. =]

Jeddite on December 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

My goodness. DOJ can decide in eight weeks to investigate a losing Senate candidate from the opposition party, but, after more than a year, still cannot decide on even the venue in which to try the man who planned the 9-11 mass murder.

Blake on December 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM

And they drop the charges on a slam dunk case with the black panthers.

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart.

this must be politically motivated. they’re going after her because she’s a such a formidable candidate. local dems are particularly terrified, i hear.

sesquipedalian on December 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Talking up a good game, Barry conned the Dems, and Christine conned the Tea-Partiers

bayview on December 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on December 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

And second, does O’Donnell actually … believe any of this? The vice president’s going to take down the tea party by pursuing an FBI investigation against a candidate whom conservatives have already discarded?

That is exactly what is happening. This is the same tactic that was used against Governor Palin after the 2008 election. The have to bury any and all conservatives who can generate excitement and campaign contributions. Connect the dots.

PS. She is not discarded.

scrubjay on December 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM

And second, does O’Donnell actually … believe any of this?

Ha, this is a rhetorical question, right?

Vyce on December 29, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I’m glad they’re doing this now. If she’s guilty of anything, they need to get it out in the open and close the door on her fast. Given that the left owns the media, the GOP can’t afford to have stuff like this made much of in the next two years. Sorry- but I want Obama OUT in 2012, and anyone who’s a “proven” f.u. has to go.

anniekc on December 29, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Be interesting to check out the assistant U.S. attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Delaware and see if there are any Mike Castle for Senate donors there who might want to extract a little revenge.

That said, O’Donnell just got a five-minute add-on of bonus time to her 15 minutes of fame, which probably won’t make any Democrats feel sad, since she’s now the face of the Delaware Republican Party to people across the nation.

jon1979 on December 29, 2010 at 7:42 PM

She turned me into a newt, they should check that out!

Johnnyreb on December 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

If its the same “Federal authorities” that investigated Charlie Rangel, Christine is safe, even if she is a Republican.

Rick554 on December 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM

When is the White Witch of Alaska now that she was re elected going to attack the Peasants for daring to try and vote her out of office ?

William Amos on December 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM

And they drop the charges on a slam dunk case with the black panthers.

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Funny thing that I have not heard about the federal investigation of Congressmen Rangle for tax evasion or miss use of campaign contributions. Hummm, I must have miss it. I’m sure there must be one…..

whbates on December 29, 2010 at 7:48 PM

BTW when is the GOP going to learn that Politics is a blood sport and that the democrats dont pull any punches ?

Its either us or them dogface…

William Amos on December 29, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Too bad OD didn’t get elected, she would be untouchable.

Bishop on December 29, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Like i said before, I blame the Sarah Palin, the drama queen governor who endorsed her, and especially Ed Morrissey for lending the credibility of Hotair to her, when he endorsed her.

This was part of the reason we were screaming about it then, and the so-called conservatives here were attacking us. How the hell can you live off campaign funds and still call yourself a conservative.

This is so stupid, and is not going to end well for her. What a mess.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Emphases mine. In other words, as McCormack puts it, she thinks Joe Biden is out to get her. Two questions. First, given the fact that a total zero like Chris Coons managed to pull off a landslide win in a year characterized by huge Republican gains, why would Democrats want to make sure that O’Donnell could “never again upset the apple cart”? She’s their preferred Republican nominee forevermore, I’m sure. And second, does O’Donnell actually … believe any of this? The vice president’s going to take down the tea party by pursuing an FBI investigation against a candidate whom conservatives have already discarded?

Ya know, AP? After the past few years, and seeing all that we’ve seen, and more…..nothing about what she says, if true, would surprise me. It really wouldn’t. *sigh*

capejasmine on December 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Hey, so my boss’s aunt knows O’Doneell’s mom. I’m trying to get set up with her. You guys think she’s cute, right? :)

sbvft contributor on December 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

The one surviving dog from Pavlov’s laboratory.

Bishop on December 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

She turned me into a newt, they should check that out!

Johnnyreb on December 29, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Fixed

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

When is the White Witch of Alaska now that she was re elected going to attack the Peasants for daring to try and vote her out of office ?

William Amos on December 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Are you kidding me? These have flown off the shelves in Alaska and are only on back order.

Blake on December 29, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Let it go. The election has been over for 2 months now.

mizflame98 on December 29, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Ed endorsed her? Seriously?

Knucklehead on December 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Anyone find it a bit of a coincidence that they are going after her now for something they claim happened several election cycles ago? Smells a little fishy.

clement on December 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Because she’s a Republican she’ll probably be indicted and then convicted (by a hostile inner city jury.) Perhaps in her next life she can change her karma and be reborn a Democrat–no tax paying, no convictions (morally or legally) (and no conscience.)

MaiDee on December 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM
Ed endorsed her? Seriously?

Knucklehead on December 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Not in the way Chudi’d like you to think.

All Ed said was essentially, “She’s won the primary, shouldn’t we shift our attack to her Marxist/Democrat opponent and stop continuing to attack her relentlessly?”

I’m paraphrasing, obviously, but I’m sure there are plenty here who will happily correct me if I’m mistating history.

DrAllecon on December 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Okay, Feds, investigate the hell out of her, and we’ll see. But while we’re talking investigations, how ’bout the new Congress opening up one on Holder and his key involvement in the Marc Rich pardon.

I’m sure some good investigators might be able to find an offshore account or two which would make Christine’s alleged financial indiscretions, if any, look like a ten cent dance. ✪

TXUS on December 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

This almost qualifies as “Red Meat” around here!

JetBoy on December 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Ed endorsed her? Seriously?

Knucklehead on December 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Yes and I was shocked. Couldn’t believe it myself, and every time i see a post on her here, i remember it again.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

The BLOB is heading towards Christine now- they hate this woman so much. Hang in there C.O.

hawkman on December 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Not in the way Chudi’d like you to think.

All Ed said was essentially, “She’s won the primary, shouldn’t we shift our attack to her Marxist/Democrat opponent and stop continuing to attack her relentlessly?”

I’m paraphrasing, obviously, but I’m sure there are plenty here who will happily correct me if I’m mistating history.

DrAllecon on December 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

No, Ed endorsed her for the primary against Castle.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/14/decision-day-in-delaware/

Mark1971 on December 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

“I am not a witch crook.”

29Victor on December 29, 2010 at 8:21 PM

No, Ed endorsed her for the primary against Castle.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/14/decision-day-in-delaware/

Mark1971 on December 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I bet he wishes he had that one back.

And if he doesn’t, he should.

Vyce on December 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

She had to use her apartment as campaign HQ. Going outside exposed her to mind-control satellites being monitored by members of the Black Helocopter Squadron hiding in her bushes.

That she had multiple treasurers quit after being on the job for only a couple months suggests to me that something wasn’t quite right, and that the resigned in a CYA move.

But no- I’m sure she’s perfectly clean and it’s all a vast conspiracy being perpetuated by the FBI, George Soros, Joe Biden, and the “Republican Establishment”. No way would an unemployed, perpetual candidate who pays her rent with campaign contributions ever misuse such funds.

Hollowpoint on December 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Yes and I was shocked. Couldn’t believe it myself,

Yeah imagine that. A conservative Republican endorsing the conservative Republican. Why couldn’t the dumb ass be more like you? Liberals have so much to teach us about party unity, loyalty, or something.

That’s exactly what the GOP needs. More principled people who do everything they can to torpedo the party’s nominee. It’s the RINO way.

That’s why many conservative Tea Party activists are going to go out of their way to do exactly the same to certain RINO nominees in 2012.

Jack Bauer on December 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Chris Coons only did 1% better against his opponent than the Democrat who won the only US House seat for DE did.

Explain to me how that makes COD pathetic?

What about the Republican who didn’t win the House seat? What is his excuse?

ajacksonian on December 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

If you want to go RINO-hunting, go out and recruit a good candidate, and don’t let crap like this happen again. In the words of Limbaugh, she “effervesced.” Well, don’t put your money on effervescence. While cream rises to the top, so do turds.

Sekhmet on December 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

No, Ed endorsed her for the primary against Castle.

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/14/decision-day-in-delaware/

Mark1971 on December 29, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Thank you for your prompt attention.
But again, the term “endorsed” is a little strained when you re-read what Ed actually said in that post you linked to:

This isn’t to say that I think O’Donnell is a strong candidate. She has had problems in the primary, and she is almost certain to lose in the general election, barring some sort of miraculous GOTV effort by the same GOP establishment that has been openly hostile to her.

DrAllecon on December 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

At least two former campaign workers have alleged that she routinely used political contributions to pay her personal expenses in recent years as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006. The Washington-based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission making similar allegations and asked Delaware’s federal prosecutor to investigate…

During her three failed Senate bids, O’Donnell had numerous campaign treasurers, many of who left after serving brief stints. After losing two treasurers in 2009, she named herself treasurer until this past summer. Another short-term treasurer took over in August and resigned less than two months later, when Moran added the treasurer’s role to his campaign manager responsibilities.


Wow and Chris Coons, didn’t use this information in his campaign against O’Donnell? Boy he really does sux at campaigning GRIN. Because this was such common knowledge, and had happened over a span of many years. I mean O’Donnell, must be some kind of genius to be able to hide this activity for so long while running for public office 3 times LOL!

Dr Evil on December 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

If you want to go RINO-hunting, go out and recruit a good candidate, and don’t let crap like this happen again. In the words of Limbaugh, she “effervesced.” Well, don’t put your money on effervescence. While cream rises to the top, so do turds.

Sekhmet on December 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Disasters like Kirk, Castle and Specter should be taken down where we can. (and believe me, if we had the time and/or money Kirk would have been targeted too)

Trimming the fat will keep the others in line.

clement on December 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Trimming the fat will keep the others in line.

clement on December 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

Quite possibly the only hope for Conservatism.

hawkdriver on December 29, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Yeah imagine that. A conservative Republican endorsing the conservative Republican.
Jack Bauer on December 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

A conservative Republican endorsing a lunatic / crook who just so happened to claim she was a conservative Republican.

Vyce on December 29, 2010 at 9:03 PM

clement on December 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

COD, Angle, Whitman… these people put a scare into the old line Republicans letting them know that a Kamikaze mission was preferable to a Dem-lite. They don’t much like the taste of that, but that is the case, and the next time around expect better candidates and fewer necessary Kamikazes.

ajacksonian on December 29, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Wow and Chris Coons, didn’t use this information in his campaign against O’Donnell? Boy he really does sux at campaigning GRIN. Because this was such common knowledge, and had happened over a span of many years. I mean O’Donnell, must be some kind of genius to be able to hide this activity for so long while running for public office 3 times LOL!

Dr Evil on December 29, 2010 at 8:44 PM

It’s not just coming out now. I remember reading about the accusations during the campaign in a bunch of places. Coons just didn’t need to use the information since he was greatly ahead O’Donnell in the polls and didn’t want to risk an attack ad backfiring. I don’t know why we can’t all just admit that she was a terrible candidate.

HeroesforGhosts on December 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM

AP you have no sense of history. Has anyone ever told you of Richard Nixon? Does that name ring a bell? Does it? If if did you would understand that intelligent men, even brilliant ones will do incredibly stupid things when they have power.

George McGovern was going to topple Richard Nixon? He was going to win in 1972? Think and remember history before you speak.

Jdripper on December 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Hey, so my boss’s aunt knows O’Doneell’s mom. I’m trying to get set up with her. You guys think she’s cute, right? :)

sbvft contributor on December 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I’d hit it. Just don’t keep your wallet around unguarded.

Speedwagon82 on December 29, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Sums it up rather nicely

JohnGalt23 on December 29, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Not in the way Chudi’d like you to think.

All Ed said was essentially, “She’s won the primary, shouldn’t we shift our attack to her Marxist/Democrat opponent and stop continuing to attack her relentlessly?”

I’m paraphrasing, obviously, but I’m sure there are plenty here who will happily correct me if I’m mistating history.

DrAllecon on December 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I think you are wrong. Ed endorsed her before the primary.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Yeah imagine that. A conservative Republican endorsing the conservative Republican. Why couldn’t the dumb ass be more like you? Liberals have so much to teach us about party unity, loyalty, or something.

Jack Bauer on December 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I don’t usually talk to morons, but I will make an exception in your case. The person Ed endorsed is now the target of a federal investigation, based on allegations made by her former staff. These allegations were well known before the election, and the accusers were very credible.

Based on this and a whole host of other information we knew about her, I think it was highly irresponsible on Ed’s part to do it, because it tarnished his reputation and the Hotair’s reputation.

Is that easy enough for you to understand, or should we make a new exception for true conservatives that overlooks crooked behavior.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 9:37 PM

I think you are wrong. Ed endorsed her before the primary.

And if you read the linked article above, you will find that he wasn’t thrilled with her as a candidate, but he thought Castle was far WORSE, and he was.

JannyMae on December 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM

The person Ed endorsed is now the target of a federal investigation, based on allegations made by her former staff. These allegations were well known before the election, and the accusers were very credible.

Why don’t you just come right out and say she’s guilty? That way we can avoid this whole “investigation” thing and just lock her up and throw away the key?

JannyMae on December 29, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Based on this and a whole host of other information we knew about her, I think it was highly irresponsible on Ed’s part to do it, because it tarnished his reputation and the Hotair’s reputation.

Is that easy enough for you to understand, or should we make a new exception for true conservatives that overlooks crooked behavior.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 9:37 PM

You’re entitled to your opinion. In my opinion, what tarnishes Hotair’s reputation, is commenters like you who accuse people of being guilty of “crooked behavior” without a trial.

JannyMae on December 29, 2010 at 9:51 PM

And if you read the linked article above, you will find that he wasn’t thrilled with her as a candidate, but he thought Castle was far WORSE, and he was.

JannyMae on December 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM

As far as I know he hasn’t been accused of any criminal activity, unless you true conservatives now consider being a RINO to be criminal behavior. She is a crook, and has always been a crook.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 10:19 PM

We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart.

this must be politically motivated. they’re going after her because she’s a such a formidable candidate. local dems are particularly terrified, i hear.

sesquipedalian on December 29, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I can understand those sentiments but it is important to remember that the allegations were given merit because it was her former campaign manager who was making the allegations rather than some investigative journo or the opposition although they have followed up.

lexhamfox on December 29, 2010 at 10:29 PM

You’re entitled to your opinion. In my opinion, what tarnishes Hotair’s reputation, is commenters like you who accuse people of being guilty of “crooked behavior” without a trial.

JannyMae on December 29, 2010 at 9:51 PM

What’s your argument – people shouldn’t call people caught in lies “liars,” even when it’s easily provable they’ve lied outside of a trial? Yeah, I bet you’ve never accused 0bamessiah of lying, right? You may say Miss O’D hasn’t been caught lying, and if you were to say that, you’re either naive about her lies, or willfully ignorant.

What’s worse than Miss O’D's lies is that she invariably makes personal attacks against the people who bring up her lies in the process of defending herself. She’s like Clinton in this regard, and I can’t think of another Republican I’ve seen carry on the way she has.

I have a brother who’s scarily a lot like she is. You cannot disagree with them w/o receiving abuse. She’s toxic.

Bizarro No. 1 on December 29, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Doesn’t surprise me at all. Remember, Palin doesn’t have a chance and she got hit with ethics complaints. COD has no chance, and she’s hit with an investigation. COD actually did get a significant portion of the vote even if she lost by big margins. I don’t know if it’s the Democrats though. To me, it could also be a RINO message to the Tea Party. 50/50.

And I’m amazed how people are still harping about how bad of a candidate COD was. These people forget the context. COD was the next best choice after the unacceptable option of the RINO’s ultimatum to pick Castle. The Tea Party said, “Thanks, but no thanks. Put up someone better.” The establishment said no. That’s the end of the story. So pretty please, with sugar on top, please stop with the accusations that COD was a bad candidate. It misses the point entirely. You already have Scott Brown in Mass. How’s that turn out for you? What’s the point of having a Republican if they vote with Democrats?

MrX on December 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

No way she’ll get bail if this goes to court. Anyone who can escape on a broom will have to be considered a flight risk. |-]

Dark-Star on December 29, 2010 at 10:42 PM

And if you read the linked article above, you will find that he wasn’t thrilled with her as a candidate, but he thought Castle was far WORSE, and he was.

JannyMae on December 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Castle is was far worse ideologically, yes. He is a liberal Republican, not “moderate”, but liberal. However, O’Donnell is a corrupt conservative. Is that really what the tea party movement is about, just geting kleptocrats into power if they’ll vote the right way on issue X?

Unfortunately, in politics ideology trumps ethics for most people.

BocaJuniors on December 29, 2010 at 10:56 PM

The person Ed endorsed is now the target of a federal investigation, based on allegations made by her former staff. These allegations were well known before the election, and the accusers were very credible.

Based on this and a whole host of other information we knew about her, I think it was highly irresponsible on Ed’s part to do it, because it tarnished his reputation and the Hotair’s reputation.

Is that easy enough for you to understand, or should we make a new exception for true conservatives that overlooks crooked behavior.

Chudi on December 29, 2010 at 9:37 PM

If you don’t like what is posted around here you’re welcome to leave. DLTDHYAONWO.

alwaysfiredup on December 29, 2010 at 11:13 PM

However, O’Donnell is a corrupt conservative.

BocaJuniors on December 29, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Innocent until proven guilty, my friend. She still is entitled to the benefit of the doubt. I read that the “apartment” issue was that she had a 2-unit condo, separate utilities and everything, and used the downstairs unit as a campaign headquarters. I have no idea what the other allegations are but those making them do have an axe to grind.

alwaysfiredup on December 29, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Feds investigating Christine O’Donnell for misusing campaign funds

She sold hope and kept the change. Feds must want some change too.

rukiddingme on December 29, 2010 at 11:35 PM

This is passing strange. With so many corrupt Democrats in the House and Senate, the Justice Dept is going after GOP candidates? Fishy.

SilentWatcher on December 29, 2010 at 11:44 PM

You’ll notice that the complaints came through CREW?

Color me suspicious, including anything involving the Obama Justice Department. I suspect that in the end, O’Donnell will be cleared of any wrongdoing.

This is an attempt to separate O’Donnell from her stash of cash by court order. I’m surprised the Usual Suspects around here don’t get this. O’Donnell is sitting on a pile and some squalid RINO Bushtards want to get their hands on it.

So, they went to the Dems to help them get it. Maybe they have an arrangement over how to divvy up Christine’s “ill gotten gains” once Holder puts her in the slammer after her Show Trial.

If you people think that this has ANYTHING to do with actual corruption, you are much more foolish and naive than I thought you were. This is a bunch of oily pols trying to steal money.

God, some conservatives are dumb as dirt when they try to go all “good government” on the rest of the Movement.

Tar and Feathers, anyone?

Oh, by the way, were I Sarah Palin I would be watching this very closely. The Obama “Justice” Department will use the exact same tactics against her in any general election campaign, right down to finding the right pliant ‘Tard Republican to go make a bogus complaint to CREW so Justice can file a complaint in, say, late October of 2012.

I’m speechless as to how many suckers there are on this board. Speechless, I say.

victor82 on December 29, 2010 at 11:45 PM

And I’m amazed how people are still harping about how bad of a candidate COD was. These people forget the context. COD was the next best choice after the unacceptable option of the RINO’s ultimatum to pick Castle. The Tea Party said, “Thanks, but no thanks. Put up someone better.” The establishment said no. That’s the end of the story. So pretty please, with sugar on top, please stop with the accusations that COD was a bad candidate. It misses the point entirely. You already have Scott Brown in Mass. How’s that turn out for you? What’s the point of having a Republican if they vote with Democrats?

MrX on December 29, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Having Scott Brown in that seat is worse than having Martha Coakley in it? Have you ever heard the phrase, “take what you can get”? I gather having that mindset is foolish iyo.

You’re saying it’s wiser for the Republicans to not bother running candidates in blue districts at all if they’re not sufficiently Conservative i.e. you’re willing to completely write off seats your team could possibly win with different candidates who’d be better fits for their respective voting districts. ‘Hey, let’s run sweet-talking loons like Christine O’Donnell and Alan Keyes for the next 6 Senate campaigns, knowing it’s not likely they’ll ever pull off more than 45% of the vote total, and forego more moderate Republicans like Mike Castle, even though candidates like him would definitely do better in states like DE than candidates like Keyes and O’D would! See, losing like that is what winning is really all about!’

Can you give a reason why people shouldn’t believe Miss O’D was a bad candidate, other than because that’s how you feel about her? Emotions don’t make for good arguments, don’t you know. Also, can you explain why you don’t consider Miss O’D a RINO for running as a sore-loser write-in her 2006 Senate run? She obviously didn’t/doesn’t care about the Party when it didn’t/doesn’t suit her needs.

You wouldn’t be someone I’d have running a business I was looking want to expand, that’s for sure! :)

Bizarro No. 1 on December 29, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Christine O’Donnell served a purpose in scaring other RINOs into line and in drawing media attention so that other candidates could cruise by under the radar. It’s not a win but it’s enough.

alwaysfiredup on December 29, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Innocent until proven guilty, my friend. She still is entitled to the benefit of the doubt.

alwaysfiredup on December 29, 2010 at 11:16 PM

She is afforded, of course, the presumption of innocence by a court of law., That doesn’t mean I can’t draw my own conclusions. You don’t have to wait for a jury to render a verdict either to offer an educated opinion.

I’ve read an endless stream of accounts of people who worked for her and they all say the same thing: she uses campaign money as a personal piggy bank. Then I listen to her, and the defense is always the same, “the political elite are out to get me!” Um, ok.

Where there is smoke, there’s fire. Where I can catch fleeting glimpses of the flames…I’m not giving any politician the benefit of the doubt.

BocaJuniors on December 30, 2010 at 12:39 AM

If you don’t like what is posted around here you’re welcome to leave. DLTDHYAONWO.

alwaysfiredup on December 29, 2010 at 11:13 PM

True conservatives are pathetic…

Chudi on December 30, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Where there is smoke, there’s fire. Where I can catch fleeting glimpses of the flames…I’m not giving any politician the benefit of the doubt.

BocaJuniors on December 30, 2010 at 12:39 AM

You’re a wise person.

Hopefully, some of Miss O’D's sycophants will realize they should start dispassionately analyzing all of the incriminating evidence surrounding her, as though she’s Pigpen from Peanuts in the midst of a messy cloud of dust that isn’t really isn’t illusory.

Bizarro No. 1 on December 30, 2010 at 12:50 AM

But no- I’m sure she’s perfectly clean and it’s all a vast conspiracy being perpetuated by the FBI, George Soros, Joe Biden, and the “Republican Establishment”. No way would an unemployed, perpetual candidate who pays her rent with campaign contributions ever misuse such funds.

Hollowpoint on December 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Just because your paranoid doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.

whbates on December 30, 2010 at 1:09 AM

COD:

And further connecting the dots, do you think it is just a coincidence that Melanie Sloan was a senior Biden staffer just before she joined CREW and filed her complaint against me?!

I’m not going to bother Googling the dates here, but let’s just say that Melanie Sloan and CREW have been around for a very long time. The implication that Sloan only just left Biden’s side to persecute COD is preposterous.

Buy Danish on December 30, 2010 at 8:12 AM

ROVE!

jnelchef on December 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

HeroesforGhosts on December 29, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I don’t live in Delaware but if I did, I would have voted for O’Donnell.

I am sure O’Donnell is the “Witch” she has been portrayed to be by the MSM, the Democrats, and the Establishment Republicans sarc.

Dr Evil on December 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Christine O’Donnell served a purpose in scaring other RINOs into line and in drawing media attention so that other candidates could cruise by under the radar. It’s not a win but it’s enough.

alwaysfiredup on December 29, 2010 at 11:54 PM

O’Donnell will be writing a book a little scandal might help boost the buzz. The way she described what the book is going to be about – will start fires.

I am not a Fairweather Johnson, folks didn’t know the O’Donnell ride was going to get bumpy? I certainly will promote her book on my blog when it comes out. I bet Allah mentions it too :)

Dr Evil on December 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM

It took em what, fifty years to notice Charley Rangel’s theft and tax evasion etc?

She whacked Mike Castle. That’s good enough for me.

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM

True conservatives are pathetic… Chudi on December 30, 2010 at 12:49 AM

So fake ones are more to be preferred?

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Is she putting out these days?

joedoe on December 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It took em what, fifty years to notice Charley Rangel’s theft and tax evasion etc?

She whacked Mike Castle. That’s good enough for me.

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:32 AM

The difference is that Charlie Rangel was holding office and as have seen nothing is going to oust him. Charlie Rangel was the Chairman of a “Powerful” committee Ways and Means.

Christine O’Donnell ran for office but didn’t win office so I don’t see them at all comparable.

The Progressives are enraged that the Republicans, in this case a conservative Republican are challenging them in the North East. For example Scott Brown in Mass., and Chris Christie in New Jersey. They want to make an example of O’Donnell, they think she is vulnerable. She did warn them she is writing a book. The more they churn the rumor waters the more they will help her book sales when they finally do come out.

Dr Evil on December 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM