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Christine O'Donnell Headlines Tea Party Rally Thursday in Arlington

Former U.S. Senate candidate in town to promote book, rally Republican support for November elections.

Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell will be the featured speaker at a tea party rally Thursday afternoon at Fort C.F. Smith Park in the Woodmont community just north of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

The rally is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the park's Hendry House.

O'Donnell, who was part of a slate of 2010 ultra-conservative Senate candidates backed by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, formed a political action committee earlier this year. The PAC will encourage "conservative success" in Virginia elections in November, according to the news release on the event.

Her appearance is, in part, to help promote her book, "Trouble Maker." Tea party organizers have billed the event as part of a series to help rally support for Republicans to take control of the state Senate later this year.

It's happening in the backyard of a brutal, and expensive, Democratic Senate primary battle between Barbara Favola and Jaime Areizaga-Soto. The winner of that race will face Republican Caren Merrick in November.

O'Donnell's PAC so far has raised about $120,000 and spent more than $86,000, all on operating expenses, according to forms on file with the Federal Election Commission. The PAC had about $33,600 left on June 30, according to the most recent information available.

Mark Blacknell August 17, 2011 at 11:47 PM
If I show up and ask her about her position on marriage equality, will she throw down her microphone and run away? http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/17/christine-odonnell-walks-off-piers-morgan-tonight-interview-during-gay-marriage-questions/?hpt=pm_mid A $120k PAC with $86k in operating expenses? Gosh, it's like it only exists to pay itself . . .
Daniel P. Cortez August 18, 2011 at 11:49 AM
It indeed was disapointing to see how poorly O'Donnell handled herself with Piers Morgan. She was clearly there to help sell book....It was "his" show not hers. Politicans who responsibly handle all questions especially when they deal with statements they have made in the past have credibility. She came across poorly and did not help the movement. I agree 86K in operating expenses? Hmmmmmm I don't think I will be donating.
Jason Spencer (Editor) August 19, 2011 at 03:49 AM
As you probably saw from today's story, it came up. She brought it up first, and then it was the subject of the majority of a very short press conference afterward. BTW, did you see the Christian Science Monitor? That publication suggests O'Donnell did it on purpose in order to get her name -- and stories that mention her book -- to the top of Google trends... http://tinyurl.com/4x8k4l4

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