The Delaware GOP has filed a formal complaint with the FEC (Federal Election Commission) against Tea Party and Palin favorite Christine O’Donnell.
As O’Donnell’s campaign continues to pick up traction and national recognition, the Delaware GOP (headed by Tom Ross) seems to be scared the establishment candidate Mike Castle may actually lose. Yesterday the GOP released their filing complaint on their website (including a link to the “official” FEC complaint). The link the Delaware GOP provided is no longer valid, so information regarding the complaint may no longer be verified. The GOP press release states the following reasons for filing the complaint (once again the link is no longer available to the general public so this information may not be verified):
O’Donnell has knowingly accepted excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express that were directly solicited on behalf of the O’Donnell campaign.
O’Donnell has accepted illegal excessive contributions from the Tea Party Express by engaging in a statewide coordinated communications effort in support of her campaign. This means that every advertisement that is being run by the Tea Party Express in support of Ms. O’Donnell is a violation of Federal law.
Tom Ross, as an afterthought, states the following:
“Christine O’Donnell needs to immediately call upon her third party supporters to cease and desist this illegal behavior. This type of behavior has no place in our political process, and O’Donnell should denounce these illegal ads. Donors deserve to know whether they made an illegal donation so they can demand a refund and get their money back.”
More memorable quotes from Tom Ross (the GOP state chair) include:
“She’s not a viable candidate for any office in the state of Delaware.”
“She could not be elected dog catcher,”
One would think “viable” was a poor choice of words there. The video below shows Ross speaking at a Tea Party rally last year, it seems his opinions have changed.
Despite the interest gained in the complaint filing, an FEC spokespersondoubts the issue will be resolved before the primary.
One of the people the state GOP has accused had the following to say:
“It is a shame that Tom Ross, once a respected citizen of Delaware has taken such a sharp turn. In 2009 Tom Ross praised the thousands of Delawareans who came out in force on April 15th in favor of the TEA Party movement. Now, just over a year later, Tom Ross has resorted to attacking the TEA Party movement to further the career of a politician whose votes run exactly counter to the ideals of the TEA Party that he only a year ago supported. Mr. Ross has stooped to new lows in trying to portray Christine O’Donnell negatively and now has named me, a private citizen with no official affiliation with the campaign in a complaint alleging wrong doing on my part. I am considering legal options to defend myself and to counter their ridiculous and baseless claims. I believe that these events, coupled with sagging registrations and plummeting fundraising totals show that Mr. Ross is not a capable Chairman. I would ask that Mr. Ross sincerely apologize to all parties named in this complaint, withdrawal it and resign as Chairman. His series of inappropriate actions and comments are not in keeping with the principles and values of the GOP. I hope the RNC will join me in calling for his resignation. I also hope that Mr. Ross will renew his commitment to faith and return to the discourse as a principled individual.”
While Tom Ross may not be resigning anytime soon, it seems agreed by many that he has (in true Biden form) put his proverbial foot in his mouth.