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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Arms linked, SenatecandidateChristine O'Donnell and her conservative backers kick up their heels and clap to the strains of an original song with lyrics befitting a tea party: “Look out, Washington, D.C., ‘cause we are on a roll, and we’re rocking across this country with a message to be told.”
It’s a tune that’s unnerving the Republican establishment in Delaware, which fears being felled by swift kicks from Ms. O'Donnell — and tea partiers.
Not longer after ‘tea party’-backed Joe Miller stunned Alaska GOPSen. Lisa Murkowski, the Republican establishment is furiously trying to avoid a similar outcome in the Delaware primary on Tuesday. Republican leaders, top strategists and even the Delaware state GOP chairman have taken the unusual step of openly working to defeat Ms. O'Donnell and ensure the nomination of their preferred candidate, nine-term Rep. Michael N. Castle.
Republicans, who have an outside chance of capturing the majority in the Senate in November, see Mr. Castle as their best chance of winning the seat long held by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The moderate Mr. Castle is a former governor and has been the state’s lone congressman since 1993.
But Ms. O’Donnell, who has lost twice in statewide races, won’t be cowed.
“We cannot elect any more liberals to Washington, D.C., especially ones who wear the banner of being a Republican. It is an honor to be a Republican,” she told supporters.
Establishment Republicans have been relentless, calling Ms. O'Donnell unelectable, a fraud and a liar. But in a challenge to the GOP leadership and in a boost to Ms. O'Donnell, Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, just came out with an endorsement, saying Ms. O'Donnell will “stand strong for the principles of freedom.”
This weekend, Delaware Republicans set about knocking on 10,000 doors, making tens of thousands of phone calls and flooding mailboxes with fliers that explain both candidates‘ records. In a primary that could draw just 30,000 voters, party officials are going all out to defend one of their top recruits and discredit Ms. O'Donnell.
• After a conservative radio host took Ms. O'Donnell to task over incorrect claims she won two counties during her 2008 Senate bid against Mr. Biden — in fact, she won none of the state’s three counties — GOP officials gleefully shared the audio.
• When a New Jersey university last week finally awarded Ms. O'Donnell a degree she had claimed for 21 years, Republicans called it the latest example of her exaggerations.
• Ms. O'Donnell’s financial reports show donors are picking up her rent and utilities at a condo that doubles as a campaign headquarters. Republicans hasten to note Ms. O'Donnell’s dire personal finances, which include threats of liens, foreclosures and an Internal Revenue Service audit. Republicans then questioned Ms. O'Donnell’s ability to handle tax dollars, and wondered about the marketing consultant’s reporting just $5,800 in income during a 15-month period.
• The Delaware Republican Party on Thursday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing Ms. O'Donnell and the Tea Party Express of violating FEC rules that restrict coordination between candidates and outside political organizations. The complaint, filed for the party by campaign finance lawyer and former FEC Chairman Michael Toner, states that the Tea Party Express solicited donors to contribute to Ms. O'Donnell and that she and the group worked jointly on advertising, breaching agency rules.
“It is a shame the party is doing this,” Ms. O'Donnell said after a rollicking dusk rally across from the Delaware Capitol this past week, “because I believe that we have the right principles to win this election.”
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