The Tea Party Express is targeting Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary. But there are reasons the group might not duplicate the success it had in the Alaska GOP primary.
The Tea Party Express insists that he is. The group’s leaders say they are going to help defeat Congressman Castle in the upcoming Delaware GOP Senate primary – just like they helped knock off incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.
The Tea Party Express has pumped $250,000 into ads boosting Christine O’Donnell, the "tea party" favorite who in this drama is attempting to play the part of Joe Miller. (Remember him? He’s the Fairbanks lawyer who beat Murkowski.)
Castle, a former Delaware governor and the longest-serving congressman in Delaware history, is just too liberal, say tea party activists. Ms. O’Donnell, a marketing consultant, tried to make that point Tuesday during a surprise appearance at a tea party gathering in a Wilmington, Del., hotel.
“My opponent is an Obama Republican who can’t defend his liberal voting record, so he’s resorting to mudslinging,” said O’Donnell.
The “mudslinging” reference is in regards to a bunch of things that state GOP leaders have said about O’Donnell. These include, but are not limited to, questions about her veracity, education, and ability to handle her own money, much less a campaign treasury. The state Republican Party chairman, Tom Ross, has dismissed her as a perennial candidate unworthy of being elected dog catcher.