Christine O’Donnell: Birds of a Feather

Eric Erickson from RedState.com exposes the shady dealings of at least one member of Christine O’Donnell’s out of state campaign team, Eric Odom. I would strongly suggest checking out the whole post at RedState.com:

I have been biting my tongue so hard for so long that I’m surprised I haven’t developed gangrene, but the time has come to open my mouth, or at least put fingers to the keyboard.

I have for years been shouting into the wind about those I believe are conservative charlatans abusing the money of donors, burning bridges, and making it all the more difficult for solid conservative activists to gain the trust of large conservative donors.

As I told Ken Vogel a few weeks ago, “Every movement — left, right, center or no political affiliation whatsoever — attracts its contingent of scammers and con artists and charlatans, and it takes a while for that to sort itself out . . . . And that’s why a lot of the money is still sitting on the sidelines.”

And now there is this.

Launching under the umbrella of the group Americans for New Leadership, Liberty.com will be led by tea party organizer Eric Odom and begin its venture with $700,000 and 70,000 members, according to a spokesman. Odom previously built conservative coalitions under the American Liberty Alliance and The Patriot Caucus. [Emphasis added]….

There is more here that particularly troubles me about this one and it all goes back to a lot of unanswered questions not from me or anyone else other than the Federal Election Commission related to ventures previously set up by Eric Odom — questions so far unanswered despite multiple letters from the Federal Election Commission seeking additional information and filings.

First there was the for profit American Liberty Alliance set up by Eric Odom. I know people, some are friends, who were employed by this organization and left without the money they were due. Neither I nor they have any idea what happened to the money….

“Abusing” contributor’s money, unpaid workers, the government trying to get documentation, sound familiar?

This doesn’t even go into the disaster that was the bus tour across America, the low turn out tea party gatherings, the RootsHQ event in Nashville that I spoke at, and the list of disasters and questionable stuff arising out of American Liberty Alliance and whatever happened to it (both factually and as a legal entity) goes on and on and on. I’m not even sure if the bus tour made it all the way across America as its web journal stopped well before its end point and its blog has now somehow become a Christine O’Donnell site, except it hasn’t been updated since June. This is all par for the course.

Other members of Christine O’Donnell’s out of state campaign team who are involved in this venture are Steven Foley and Yates Walker. Yates Walker, if you recall, was the O’Donnell campaign contact for the blast e-mail that falsely accused Congressman Mike Castle of voting for “the stimulus bill.”

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Grow Up

A vandalized campaign sign:
A vandalized campaign sign.
The artwork as it appeared later in a trash can:
The artwork at it appeared later in a trash can.

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Glen Urquhart: We {{HEART}} Mike Castle

This was sent to me by a woman who was on the Host Committee for the “Women for Castle” fundraiser at Abbott’s Grill in Milford. The event was held on May 17, 2010, just two days after the Republican State Convention. She informed me that you had to be on board by the first week in April, over a month before the Republican State Convention, to make it on the invitation as part of the Host Committee.

If you look in the middle of the last column on the second page you’ll see the name “Angela Urquhart.” Angela Urquhart is the wife of “Conservative” candidate Glen Urquhart.

The "Women for Castle" May 17, 2010 fundraiser invitation

The arrow points to the name "Angela Urquhart" who is the wife of Congressional candidate Glen Urquhart.

Were the Urquhart’s betting on Mike Castle beating Tea Party darling and self anointed “Conservative” Christine O’Donnell at the Republican State Convention?

You decide.

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Mike Castle Says NO to Lame Duck Session

Last week Congressman Mike Castle voted against tabling the Price Resolution, which would have stopped a lame duck session in the Senate after the November elections:

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, last week introduced a privileged resolution to prevent Congress from holding a post-election session for any reason other than a national emergency….

Price asked for an appeal of the chair’s ruling, and Democrats moved to table that appeal. The vote to table Price’s appeal passed on a largely party-line vote of 236-163, with six Democrats voting with Republicans, and one Republican voting yes with the majority of Democrats.

More from the Washington Post:

I note in the column that Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) could be seated in November as well, and I speculate that he might also oppose a lame duck since he voted last week for a resolution in the House that would bar that chamber from meeting between November and January. Well, Castle’s office has since confirmed that if elected to the Senate he would, indeed, join Kirk in opposing a lame duck. A Castle spokesperson told me in an e-mail, after reading Kirk’s comments in The Post, that “The Congressman agrees with Rep. Kirk that a lame duck session is no place for controversial legislating.”

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Christine O’Donnell: A New Distortion Site

A former commenter on this site, Democratgirl4ChristineODonnell, has a website of the same name. She writes this on her site:

I have no doubt about Christine O’Donnell’s integrity and I know unlike her opponent Mike Castle, she will not vote for hidden amendments like the Obama Stimulus package where Castle supported the funding of such outrageous expenditures (like building a tunnel for turtles to cross a FL road). Castle has a record dating all the way back to 1993 where he has been deceitful to Delawareans. He even voted against the Bush tax cuts. I’m not Republican, but it fiscally I am conservative. This is extremely liberal of him to vote against the below major cuts.

First, Mike Castle did NOT vote for the 2009 Stimulus Package. The 2009 Stimulus Package included the “Turtle Tunnel” Democratgirl writes about. Click HERE to see the House Roll Call vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. You will find Mike Castle under the “NAYS”.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this distortion of Mike Castle’s record. Christine O’Donnell’s own campaign attempted it in July. Click HERE to see Christine O’Donnell try to peddle the same distortion.

Second, Castle voted FOR the Bush Tax Cuts. Both in 2001 and in 2003. Click HERE to see Castle’s YEA vote on the 2001 Bush Tax Cut. Click HERE to see Castle’s YEA vote on the 2003 Bush Tax Cut.

Democratgirl4Christine O’Donnell writes, “Of course with any political campaign, there will be the naysayers who try to distract, distort, and misinform the public,” and as we can see from her blog, that is accurate. In fact, it’s one of the few accurate statements on her blog.

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Glen Urquhart: The Korean War Memorial Downsized, Delayed and Mismanaged

In 1989, four architects from Pennsylvania State University won the design contest for the Korean War Veterans Memorial, but this team of architects withdrew their design when they realized that going through the bureaucracy of organizations like the National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts would mean drastic changes to their concept. They sued to stop their design from being altered but lost.

Three years later, the National Capital Planning Commission was working hard to scale down the size of the Memorial. The original plan called for 38 soldiers, the current plan called for 19, the NCPC, with Glen Urquhart at the helm, wanted a task force to “further reduce the number of sculptural figures,” so as not to interfere with the “West Potomac Park pastoral setting.”

Urquhart called the reduction in size of the Korean War Veterans Memorial “the reality of the approval process.” The NCPC wanted the memorial to be “squad sized” but the NCPC wasn’t even sure what the size of a squad was.

Senator John Glenn, a Korean War Veteran, commented that, “the war lasted only 37 months and this memorial project has taken over five years.”

The NCPCs downsizing was rejected, the groundbreaking was in 1992, and finally, in 1995, the memorial was dedicated by President Bill Clinton. Six months after the dedication, the monument was falling into disrepair.

Glen Urquhart served as the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission from 1982-1994.

Apologies for the source, the Delaware Republican Record makes every effort to keep the “FREE” in “FREEDOM.”

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Christine O’Donnell: The Word Was “Corroborate” Not “Counter”

On her website, christine2010, Christine O’Donnell’s “e-Team” has a post up called “Christine Counters” that is a “counter” to claims that have been made about a 2005 tax bill, a lien and the sale of her house. You can go there and check it out.

According to O’Donnell’s counter:

During my previous campaign against then Sen. Joe Biden, I was audited by the IRS – so were some of my family members and a campaign worker. (Let’s chalk that up to a coincidence.) After a long appeals process, this was supposed wrap-up this past spring.

Yet, in March, rather than a letter finalizing the appeals process, I received an erroneous tax lien claiming I had not responded to their previous correspondence. The IRS admitted the letter was a mistake and chalked it up to a “computer error.”

But the “Notice of Federal Tax Lien”, which has been posted on this site previously, shows that the orginal assessment for O’Donnell’s 2005 tax return was on May 29th, 2006, then again on December 29th, 2008, and that it was still an issue in March of 2010.

The IRS action on O'Donnell's 2005 income tax return began in May of 2006, two years before her run against Biden.

The February 2010 IRS Appeals Officer’s letter that O’Donnell uses to “counter” the claims against her shows that in March of 2010, O’Donnell had still not provided documentation for deductions she took on her 2005 tax return.

This letter shows that this Appeals Officer was in contact with O’Donnell in December of 2009, and wanted to clear O’Donnell’s tax issue by January, now it was February and the Officer is still trying to get documentation for deductions from O’Donnell’s 2005 taxes. The Officer wants it cleared up “in the first week of March.” No where in this letter does it say that the tax issue is a “computer error” as Christine O’Donnell states, the letter is asking for “more information” about deductions from her 2005 tax return.

If there is a letter from the Appeals Officer to Christine O’Donnell stating that the lien was “erroneous” and the IRS action was a “computer error” this is not that letter.

Next, O’Donnell’s “counter” states, “I sold my home in 2008. My opponent claims I lost it in foreclosure.”

The Delaware Republican Record showed in THIS post that Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company, in May of 2008, asked the court for a judgment against O’Donnell for failing to pay her mortgage, and for not responding at all to the suit.

From my previous post:

The document shows that as of May, 2008, Chistine O’Donnell still had not made a mortgage payment, and was delinquent from October 2007.

The document also states that Christine O’Donnell, “failed to appear, plead or otherwise defend” which means that O’Donnell simply did not even respond the court notices she was receiving and the mortgage company directed the court to “enter Judgment by Default”. The word “FORECLOSURE” appears on page 2, where Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company is asking for reimbursement for “FORECLOSURE COSTS” in the amount of $543.00.

This is the case history for Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage forclosure.

It shows:

1) Christine O’Donnell was “served personally” the first notice of the mortgage suit by the New Castle County Sheriff’s office on March 25, 2008. In her March 2010 News Journal interview, O’Donnell told Ginger Gibson that, “she was not aware of the mortgage company lawsuit and that she never received a notice of foreclosure.”
2) That Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company was granted their request for a judgment of foreclosure on June 4th, 2008. The term “LEV FAC issued” means that the mortgaged asset is being taken and will be proceeding to a sale.
3) And the last item on Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage history is from September 11, 2008 which reads:

LEV FAC RET’D
SHERIFF SALE
8/12/08 STAYED
PER WHITTINGTON
AND AULGUR

Which clearly states that the “8/12/08” “SHERIFF SALE” was “STAYED” by the lawyers representing Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage company. The sale was “stayed” because O’Donnell managed to sell the property for full price to a campaign worker who was also a lawyer and her boyfriend.

Now, for the record, the Delaware Republican Record (and the News Journal for that matter) did not accuse O’Donnell of “losing her house in foreclosure” as she stated. The Delaware Republican Record (and The News Journal) correctly stated that Christine O’Donnell sold her house before the Sheriff’s sale. O’Donnell sold her house on June 30th, 2008, 26 days after judgment.

The July letter that O’Donnell uses as proof of the sale of her home is, to my knowledge, valid, but does not in any way invalidate claims made that the home was slated for Sheriff’s Sale when she sold it. It invalidates claims that no one made.

The last claim in Christine O’Donnell’s “counter” is, ” My opponent is trying to start a rumor that I am not a Delaware resident. This is simply not true.”

That “rumor” started in the comment section of THIS blog post.

The Delaware Republican Record apologizes for the redundancy in this post, but it was needed. And again, the issue is NOT Christine O’Donnell’s financial problems, the issue is her continued attempts to cover up her financial problems by blaming others, parsing her words and distorting the truth.

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