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Who Is Christine O'Donnell?

The Tea Party backed Delaware Senate candidate talks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

2:55 PM, Sep 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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They’re following me. They follow me home at night. I make sure that I come back to the townhouse and then we have our team come out and check all the bushes and check all the cars to make sure that—they follow me.

That’s what’s disgusting, as you can see from the YouTube videos. They knock on the door at all hours of the night. They’re hiding in the bushes when I’m at candidate forums. In 2008 they broke into my home. They vandalized my home. They wrote nasty notes on my front door, on my front porch. They jeopardized my safety. They did the same thing to our campaign office. They broke into our campaign office. They vandalized our campaign office. They stole files. My campaign signs that had my picture—they put a spear in my mouth poked out my eyes, and cut out the part of my heart, and wrote nasty names all over those campaign signs.

I would be a fool to be pressured into disclosing where I live, when I know that the stakes are even higher this time. What makes me think they wont do the same distasteful things they did in 2008 when the stakes are even higher, when we’re even more viable. I mean come on, John, you’re a class act. You don’t want to—you know that this is a security issue. You know what they’re capable of.

Is O'Donnell suggesting that Castle supporters vandalized her office in 2008, when she was running for Senate against Joe Biden? “I’m not sure who did it, but I know for a fact that Mike Castle and [Delaware GOP chairman] Tom Ross were campaigning against me,” O’Donnell says. “They’ve been sabotaging my candidacy since 2008. So who knows who did it back then.” O'Donnell says there are no police reports of the 2008 break-in because she didn't want to make an issue of it at the time. She claims to have pictures of vandalized signs.

Asked by a conservative Delaware talk show host this morning about outstanding campaign debts from her 2008 campaign against Joe Biden, O'Donnell said she is still paying them off. And though it took her 12 years to pay off outstanding debts, O'Donnell says she did receive her diploma from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Asked about a financial disclosure showing that O'Donnell only had $5,800 of earned income last year, O'Donnell told me that she actually made more but didn't have to and wouldn't disclose how much. "The only thing they can use against me is that I’m not a multi-millionaire," said O'Donnell.

There haven't been any recent public polls on the Castle v. O'Donnell primary, though an August 5 Rasmussen poll showed Castle leading Chris Coons, the Democrat, 49 percent to 37 percent, while O'Donnell was trailing Coons 36 percent to 46 percent.

O'Donnell's campaign manager Matt Moran thinks that this poll isn't accurate, calling it "more of a push poll." 

"Scott Rasmussen has to pay his bills," says Moran. "We understand that the RNC and NRSC have long tentacles."

*Update: Guy Benson reports that it's "too late" for O'Donnell to run on a third-party ticket: "Her only recourse would be a write-in campaign...which she has done before."

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