Tea Party Conservative Christine O’Donnell beat Republican Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary. She was endorsed by Sarah Palin. The media is touting this as a big move for the Tea Party movement. Actually, it just means that a far right Republican beat a not so far right Republican. The real test will be if the Tea Party can pull off wins in the general election.
But, here’s what bugs me. O’Donnell beat Castle using $237,000 from Tea Party Express – “a California political committee”. I realize that O’Donnell isn’t going to turn down money for her campaign merely because it came from another state, but she should. A political committee from a state that is clear across the country shouldn’t interfere with the election. It’s none of their business. I realize that they have a First Amendment right to donate money, but something about it seems a little fishy to me. I should probably do some research, but I do have a full time job, but I wonder how much money O’Donnell received from inside the state of Delaware.
And, don’t think I’m just picking on O’Donnell – I’ve blogged about this before. I just don’t think candidates should be able to accept money from another state. It just doesn’t seem right. How do the people in Delaware know for whom to vote if ads are coming in from outside their state? How does the Tea Party in California know just what a constituent in Delaware needs in a Candidate?
I think this would bother me less if the states were in a closer proximity. I don’t think I’d have quite as much of an objection if the money came from a political group in New Jersey or Maryland. At least the states are close enough that they might share the same problems and issues. Plus, the Republican Party of Delaware doesn’t even want to support O’Donnell, so how is she going to be elected? Isn’t the Tea Party Express leaving open the chance that the seat could go to the Democrat?
What do you think?