Nominating Christine O’Donnell Could Destroy the Tea Party by Alan Moore

Editorial Note: Alan Moore, 28, has an MA from George Mason University and previously served as press secretary for the Tancredo for President Committee and the Freedom Alliance. He now works for the Heritage Foundation at

I volunteered for the O’Donnell campaign in 2008. I am not owed any money nor have I ever received payment from either the O’Donnell or Mike Castle campaigns. Working with her for an election cycle taught me one indisputable fact: Christine O’Donnell is not deserving of ever holding elected office and her nomination will be nothing short of catastrophic to the Tea Party movement. The implications of her nomination for conservatives everywhere are enormous.
While I have some serious concerns about Mike Castle, he is the best option for Republicans in Delaware. At least he has some record of achievement whereas O’Donnell has never held any public office at any level. It would be one thing to justify a political neophyte as a Senator if they were perhaps a savvy businessperson, but this is not the case with O’Donnell, she has struggled to make ends meet all of her adult life.
Everything being said about her is absolutely true – from her house almost going into foreclosure to failing to graduate from Fairleigh Dickenson for payment delinquencies (then lying about it). She has failed to retain a full-time job for the last 5 years or so, she’s on the brink of losing her license because of speeding tickets, and she still refuses to pay her staffers from her last campaign – including a significant amount to Davy Keegan, a member of the U.S. Navy. Running your own life into the ground is one thing, but to treat a member of our Armed Forces in such a way is disgusting.
It is also true that she was fired from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute for attempting to steal their internal email list. She then turned around and unsuccessfully sued them, claiming sexual discrimination. She may talk the talk of a conservative but she certainly does not walk the walk. Christine is hoodwinking the American people into believing she actually cares about them, but she only cares about herself. Her delusions and dishonesty are unbecoming of any elected official at any level. Conservatives everywhere need to learn that we cannot take all candidates at face value without some proof of their dedication to the cause. Claiming to be a conservative is not enough.
There are more crushing components in her back story that have yet to surface, but they will if she wins the GOP nomination. The Chris Coons (D) campaign is licking their collective chops with a smorgasbord of opposition research that hasn’t yet seen the light of day. This is a warning to conservatives if you nominate O’Donnell: The national media will write off not only her but the entire Tea Party movement as a laughing stock which could result in its ultimate demise.
It’s time to face facts, we lost the battle in Delaware by backing a candidate in O’Donnell who has conned the American people into believing she is a conservative – she is not. We need to cut our losses, nominate Mike Castle, and regroup for the next battle in November.

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