There was an excellent article in today’s News Journal by reporter Ginger Gibson on the campaign of Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell.
O’Donnell founded a group, The Saviors Alliance For Lifting The Truth (SALT) that had an “ex-gay” ministry run by Wade Richards, who has since come out of the closet and renounces such “pray away the gay” groups.
Interestingly, Christine O’Donnell has a lesbian sister, Jenny, who lives in California. Many of us were wondering how she felt about her rabidly anti-gay sister’s campaign. Well, we got the nauseating answer in the News Journal article:
“A lesbian, liberal Democrat for Christine, right here,” Jenny O’Donnell shouted.
Huh? So, Jenny, you have such low self-esteem that you would help elect your sister, who would work to take away your most basic and fundamental rights?
I do understand that it is important to stand by family. But, in her entire public career, when did Christine ever stand up and support Jenny? It is quite clear that family values in the O’Donnell household is a one way street. Jenny is a dupe and a sucker to not recognize that she is being used by her sister to help moderate her extremist image. Shame on Jenny for leaving the LGBT community high and dry, so she can help her sister get elected to pass hateful anti-gay legislation.
Moving along, in the News-Journal article, I had a few choice words to say about O’Donnell:
Besen, who debated O’Donnell in the 1990s, said her attempts to ignore past statements don’t add up.
“I’m not buying it,” Besen said. “This is someone who was a radical.”
Besen said when he and O’Donnell were facing off, it wasn’t in their youths, but when they were adults with formulated opinions.
“I don’t disavow anything I said,” Besen said.
Besen said he wasn’t shocked that O’Donnell’s message has remained consistent, but broadened to capitalize on a fiscal conservative movement.
“I think Christine is being politically opportunistic,” Besen said.
I also talked about the fact she was a “true believing” zealot, that had real trouble with reality.
The founder of Truth Wins Out, a group that works to discredit programs that claim to cure homosexuals, Besen said her views were radical for conservative thinking at the time.”She really struck me as someone who didn’t just drink the Kool-Aid,” Besen said. “But was standing with the Kool-Aid guy stirring the pitcher.”
I think O’Donnell is nuts. But, she is not nearly as loopy as voters in Delaware if they elect her to the Senate, knowing full well her bizarre past, extreme positions and poor management of money.