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Tea Party Candidate Christine O'Donnell Sued Conservative Group for Gender Bias

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News that the Tea Party Express (the same group that helped fuel Sharron Angle's and Joe Miller's upsets in Nevada and Alaska, respectively) had pledged to financially support Delaware conservative Christine O'Donnell's primary campaign against Republican Rep. Mike Castle spawned speculation she might be "the next Tea Party surprise."

But since that time, things have gotten a bit rocky. Castle, a moderate who previously tried to ignore O'Donnell, has ratcheted up his attacks on her personal finances, launching a "" website. (The Tea Party Express was apparently not aware of her financial problems when it endorsed her.)

The campaign then took an even more bizarre turn, when a firm recently employed by O'Donnell accused Castle of having a gay affair.

This accusation reminded me that O'Donnell had previously made her own accusation, accusing The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a conservative organization, of "gender discrimination."

As Ginger Gibson of the Wilmington News Observer reported back in March:

O'Donnell was fired by ISI on Feb. 26, 2004, after she complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was the victim of gender discrimination, according to court filings. O'Donnell sued ISI in U.S. District Court in 2005, alleging she was fired in retaliation for complaining to the EEOC. In her suit, O'Donnell sought back pay, future pay and punitive damages.

ISI countered that O'Donnell was running a for-profit public-relations business while on the clock.

In January 2008, O'Donnell dropped the lawsuit against ISI, saying at the time she could no longer afford an attorney.

Established in 1953, ISI was founded to encourage the "values and institutions that sustain a free and virtuous society." William F. Buckley was the group's first president.

O'Donnell's history with ISI has not become a major story in the way that her personal finances have. But one wonders how many conservative voters would be surprised to learn the Tea Party candidate in Delaware sued a conservative group for gender discrimination.

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Linda G.

and guess what...those who are bank rolling her will control her agenda.. she is just a pawn for those who run the Tea Party Express to dominate and have their agenda control America..and that agenda has nothing to do with middle class people are so caught up in name calling and don't even realize that you will be detrimentally affected by the agenda of those who's praises you are now singing.. May God help us All...

September 19 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Matt Lewis' article is simply attempting to throw ice water on the hot and heavy train of Christine's outstanding campaign to overthrow another life-long political hack . . . who should have let his post 30 years ago - just like old Joe Biden should have. TERM LIMITS necessary - Go get 'em Christine!

September 02 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to judiandbob84's comment

I'm just curious Judiandbob84, does it not bother either of you that your candidate has serious ethical and moral problems? Or is the fact that you like her and she has the backing of the Tea Party good enough for you? What happened to qualified? You folks amaze me!

September 02 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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