Christine O'Donnell has received a lot of press attention ever since she beat 9-term Representative, Mike Castle. To say the coverage has been harsh and incredulous would be an understatement. The latest making the rounds is her admitted dabbling in witchcraft.
Yeah, whatever. That is like calling some guy a prophet just because he is prophesizing some shit will happen. And the astrologer divines your future, too, huh? No prophets, no witches, only those claim so.
For me it is a bit beside the point. What matters for her is how voters, especially the Republican right, will perceive all this. Many will not like it, though Republicans have a way of forgiving the wayward if they wrap themselves in enough Jesus talk.
I will let conservatives decide how hysterical they want to get on the witchcraft stuff; remember, she didn't join a coven. What is more interesting is what Karl Rove, of all people, aired publicly regarding O'Donnell's past. He says he is troubled by all the gaps in her background, especially her inability to explain employment, income sources, disposition of debts, etc. That didn't prevent him from coming around, in a matter of hours, and endorsing her. Guess those concerns were all cleared up.
Others are not so forgiving. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reported on Sept 20 they filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against O'Donnell. CREW alleges that O'Donnell misused campaign funds, lied about expenditures to the FEC, and thus committed tax evasion. As Melanie Sloan, CREW Executive Director states, "Christine O'Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted...Ms. O'Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses."
Yikes, that's pretty serious stuff. Of course, that doesn't make it true just because people at CREW allege it. But when even Rove publicly disavows a fellow Republican, those are some serious red flags on that woman. And since CREW's action is a legal complaint, O'Donnell will not be able to blow it off so easily.