Former U.S. senatorial candidate and tea party darling Christine O’Donnell is continuing her quest to “break up the backroom deals” she felt has long troubled the Republican Party of Delaware. Her long awaited book, “Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again,” hit the shelves Tuesday.
Former U.S. senatorial candidate and tea party darling Christine O’Donnell is continuing her quest to “break up the backroom deals” she felt has long troubled the Republican Party of Delaware.
Her long awaited book, “Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again,” hit the shelves Tuesday. O'Donnell describes the book as the back story of her historic 2010 campaign.
Indeed, it did not take long for her book, published by St. Martin's Press, to cause trouble as members of the Republican Party of Delaware were quick to criticize the book in media reports, including some of her facts.
O’Donnell became a media sensation in September 2010 when she handily defeated former U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in the Republican primary held to see who the GOP challenger would be for the seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden.
She continued to cause a stir, such as when she refused interviews from the mainstream media for what she felt was a liberal bias against her in news coverage. HBO host Bill Maher tried to pressure her into coming onto his show by threatening to release past footage of his “Politically Incorrect” show. He followed through on that promise, including footage where O’Donnell claimed to have “dabbled in witchcraft.”
That led in part to a campaign commercial where O’Donnell famously declared, “I’m not a witch. I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you.” That in turn led to all kinds of criticism that ran the gamut, from one campaign critic who called it the “most soulful” commercial he’d seen to others who said her claim that “I’m you” was off base, including the Chris Coons campaign, which urged Facebook followers to tell O’Donnell she was not them. Coons ended up beating O'Donnell soundly in November.
In "Troublemaker," O’Donnell expresses regret for giving the OK to that commercial, which attracted more criticism her way.
In a prepared statement, O’Donnell said she wrote her new book to give conservatives access to behind-the-scenes stories from the campaign trail and to inspire the activists who were with her every step of the way.
“From the moment I upset a heavily-favored politician in the primary for the election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden, I made the headlines,” O’Donnell said. “I even won the designation of 2010’s Most Covered Candidate.”
O'Donnell plans a national book tour. She also appeared on Tuesday night’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Fox as well as the Sean Hannity show.