September 16, 2010

"She is a con artist"

Yeah, I think that's an apt adjective. Politico on GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell:

She first made her mark in the 1990s as the founder of the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth. The group's aim was to lobby Congress on issues important to the religious right, but its biggest impact may have come from landing O'Donnell a spot on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect." It was during a 1998 discussion on the show - the subject was Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky - that O'Donnell said that lies and exaggeration are always acts of "disrespect."

Read that line carefully. "Always acts of disrespect."

Sorry, Christine -- you're just another sorry politician whose words mean a lot more than your actual actions. Karl Rove, who recently was criticized by O'Donnell as a "so-called political guru" (yesterday on "Good Morning America") not to mention by others in conservative punditry-land (like Rush Limbaugh) for daring to question the nominee's background, was not knuckling under the pressure. He was on Greta Van Susteren's show last evening still reiterating the suspension of disbelief one must possess if you buy O'Donnell's lies and excuses for her many ... "irregularities." Once again:

Kristin Murray, a Republican who served two months as O'Donnell's campaign manager in 2008, called the candidate a "complete fraud." Murray said she quit working for O'Donnell in 2008 after discovering that she didn't have a college degree, had failed to make payments on her mortgage and was using the campaign debit card for personal expenses.

Four years ago, O'Donnell's campaign website identified her as a "graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University." In fact, O'Donnell officially earned her college degree from the Madison N.J., university just two weeks ago.

O'Donnell campaign manager Matt Moran said O'Donnell "fulfilled the last course requirement this summer. It was just a general elective course."

But earlier this year, O'Donnell told the Delaware News Journal that she had already finished her coursework at FDU. The university, she said then, was withholding her diploma because she still had student loans to pay. History was apparently repeating itself: As the News Journal has reported, the school sued her in 1994 for around $4,000 in unpaid tuition. The paper said O'Donnell satisfied that debt in 2003.

It sure seems Ms. O'Donnell engages in a LOT of "disrespect."

According to the News Journal, O'Donnell's mortgage company sued her during her 2008 Senate run, alleging that she'd stopped making payments on her home loan. "It received a judgment and the home was set to go to sheriff's sale, according to court documents," the paper reported. "She sold it days before to her then-boyfriend, who was acting as her campaign legal counsel, she said."

"O'Donnell said she sold the house to fund her campaign. She has denied that she was ever sued by her mortgage company or that a foreclosure sale date had been set," the article said.

Except that, these documents clearly show otherwise. More "disrespect," Christine?

The paper also reported that the IRS filed a lien against O'Donnell earlier this year over "more than $11,000 in unpaid income taxes and fees." The paper said the lien was lifted shortly after it was filed and that O'Donnell has dismissed the issue as a computer glitch that was fixed after she paid "an amount that she did not disclose."

If it was a "glitch," why did she pay any fees? And again, how does such an "explanation" jibe with the actual facts? Still more "disrespect," Christine?

Then there's the [in]famous lawsuit she filed against the Wilmington-based Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) for almost $7 million. In it, she claimed she

was and is profoundly humiliated by this demotion of being asked to perform clerical and administrative tasks, after appearing on national television as a media and public relations expert and spokeswoman, for a man who was hired straight out of college as ISI's receptionist and clerical assistant, and whom she had been asked to train previously . . . .

"For at least six months after being fired, Miss O'Donnell suffered enormous pain, cried frequently at the sense of personal loss and failure caused by ISI, and at the sense of injustice, and could not sleep at night, often wide-awake, replaying the whole scene in her mind, until 5:30 am, and has suffered from understandable and resulting depression."

As Politico notes, "a $6.9 million gender discrimination/mental anguish suit doesn't fit well in a party that rails against lawsuit abuse." And gosh -- doing administrative and clerical tasks is "humiliating?" Because she was on TV before? What a prima-freakin' donna. Some "conservative values." In addition, O'Donnell's lawyers argued that ISI "violated its promise to allow Miss ODonnell time to take Master's degree classes at Princeton." Except, that, O'Donnell had not even earned her Bachelor's degree yet. When CNN asked Christine about the Master's course matter, she denied it and claimed it was merely "these false accusations that they are trying to throw out there at the last minute."

Still more "disrespect," Ms. O'Donnell?

O'Donnell eventually dropped the ISI suit citing lack of funds to continue. But as Ted Frank notes at PointofLaw.com, "any successful Title VII suit will win attorneys' fees, so the only time employment-law attorneys insist on payment in advance is when they have no confidence in the case."

In other words, her "case" was total B.S., but she's sticking with her "hard luck" mantra. Just still more "disrespect."

Many folks have opined that O'Donnell can "relate" to the average person because, like in these economic hard times, financial difficulties aren't uncommon. While the latter is certainly true, the former is laughable. "Principled conservatives" work hard to satisfy their obligations and do not make excuse after excuse to get around them. Nor do they attempt to cash in on an easy meal ticket by filing a frivolous lawsuit.

It's been reported that in just one day (yesterday), the O'Donnell campaign has raked in over $500,000. "We have surpassed our earlier goal of $500,000. What do you think? Can we hit $750,000?" O'Donnell wrote via Twitter.

Keep an eye on that cash. It just may be somehow utilized for her "salary" in the years to come.

Posted by Hube at September 16, 2010 05:02 PM | TrackBack

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Hey assclown, SHE WON so STFU. Hammer on the "Breaded Marxist" that's the enemy...oh wait, YOU'RE the enemy!

forgot

Posted by: MM at September 16, 2010 09:18 PM

obviously an amateurish and assinine comment above. Only two things above are true...she won and hammer on the bearded marxist thats the enemy...new castle county office holder....now thats a corrupt free gov't entity he says in pure sarcasm!

Posted by: cardinals fan at September 16, 2010 09:23 PM

MM -- what you are advocating is known as both fascism and Obamunism. Which aspect of that malign philosophy do you align yourself with?

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at September 16, 2010 10:14 PM

It's good that you're holding her accountable for her history. I'm still going to vote for her just as I would have for Castle even when that wouldn't be holding him accountable for his record.

I'm surprised that you're supposedly so high on principle that you're not.

Posted by: mynym at September 16, 2010 11:29 PM

MM: The quick version: I know, and I won't.

Now try to up your IQ to at least 65.

Posted by: Hube at September 17, 2010 07:37 AM

Now try to up your IQ to at least 65.

Shrug, hopefully both you and O'Donnell will get over your personal issues and the "I've been bullied." or "They're trying to get me and hiding in the bushes." victim mentality that causes you to immediately attack people. It's true, you were bullied and people probably have followed her as well. It's just not the end of the world and it shouldn't effect political decisions about who you're going to work with for a common cause.

Posted by: mynym at September 17, 2010 09:58 AM

or "They're trying to get me and hiding in the bushes." victim mentality that causes you to immediately attack people.

Um, did you see the very first comment in this thread, mynym?

Posted by: Hube at September 17, 2010 10:10 AM

The woman is a massive hypocrite and, yes, a liar.

Not 4 years ago she spit in the face of the GOP with her write-in campaign after being rejected by the convention and in the primary, and now lil miss victim's sycophants are braying about Castle simply keeping his own counsel? Christ these religious crazies around her accused him of adultery as a means to float the rumor that he is gay.

Truly. F**ing. Twisted.

You nailed it when you said keep your eyes on the campaign cash. What does anyone want to bet 100s of 1000s don't get spent and end up being a nice little perpetual slush fund for this professional politician and perpetually self promoting opportunist.

O'Donnell is an asylum too far even for the screaching religious right fringes of the tea party, which by the way Delaware has besmirched with this God awful choice of standard bearer.

Sometimes I really think this state's electorate has some sort of collective mental illness. From Minner to O'Donnell the voting dolts on either side of the aisle could f**k up even a suicide jihadists 40-virgin wet dream.

Of course our only alternative is a full blown establishment ball washer and dwarf of privilege who would fit himself snugly under Obama's teabags.

What a joy to live in the political cesspool that is Delaware.

Posted by: . at September 17, 2010 10:37 AM

I should correct myself---the libertarians have a candidate someone else mentioned. But this would be a protest vote at best and for better or worse just isn't a viable 3rd alternative.

We are stuck between sleazy wackjob and Harry Reid's pet leftist.

Posted by: . at September 17, 2010 10:42 AM

God I miss blogging. Good stuff, Hube!

Posted by: Mike Matthews at September 17, 2010 03:16 PM

Hube,

Your funny as shit when your pissed. It makes great reading.

Probably not great for your blood pressure, but its entertaining.

Posted by: Johnn Galt at September 17, 2010 04:36 PM

Galt - in case you are confused the high blood pressure comments (and profanity) in this thread were not Hube's unhingedness. That would be mine.

Yours,
.

Posted by: . at September 17, 2010 05:19 PM