Christine O'Donnell received three
prominent endorsements this week in her bid to represent Delaware in
the U.S. Senate. The news comes as O'Donnell continues to suggest
that her Republican rival, Rep. Mike Castle, is gay.
O'Donnell received the backing of the
National Rifle Association (NRA), conservative Republican Senator Jim
DeMint of South Carolina and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
The Tea Party Express, O'Donnell's
biggest backer, announced that DeMint, chairman of the Senate
Conservatives Fund, has endorsed O'Donnell.
The 41-year-old marketing consultant
tweeted on Thursday, “Just got Gov. Palin's endorsement! Thank you
for your prayers!”
The pile of support comes amid
allegations of gay baiting.
In a video posted at Liberty.com, a
female newscaster praises O'Donnell, then suggests that her September
14 GOP primary opponent, Rep. Mike Castle, is gay.
“Isn't Mike Castle cheating on his
wife with a man?” an unseen voice asks.
“That's the rumor,” the gleeful
In denying any involvement in the
rumor, O'Donnell continued to repeat the claim.
“I think that that's a very tacky
approach,” she said last Thursday on WGMD's radio show the Dan
Gaffney Show. “I never said that Mike Castle was gay … I
don't endorse putting out rumors that Mike Castle is gay.”
And in an interview Thursday on the
Mark Levin Show, O'Donnell repeated the suggestion: “You
know these are the types of cheap underhanded, unmanly tactics that
we've come to expect from Obama's favorite Republican, Mike Castle.
You know I released a statement today saying, Mike Castle this is not
a bake-off. Get your man pants on.”
O'Donnell is best known for her
old-fashioned views about sex. She is the founder of the Saviors
Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT), a Christian-based group that
promotes abstinence. According to O'Donnell, masturbation is wrong,
and looking at pornography is equivalent to cheating on your spouse.
Last month, Palin
spoke to an anti-gay group in Pennsylvania, and she has
previously endorsed anti-gay Karen Handel in her bid to become
Georgia's next governor. Handel, who
recently said she would “absolutely” consider a bill that
prohibits gay and lesbian couples from adopting children, lost
her bid for the GOP nomination.