Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell suggested "dirty politics" was the reason a 24-minute campaign video about her did not run on Channel 28, a local cable station, but a station official said it was because the O'Donnell campaign didn't deliver the video on time.
"They were supposed to have the tape to us on Friday and they didn't get it here until Sunday," executive producer Tim Qualls said in an interview. He said the earliest the video could air would be 3 p.m. Monday because that's when an employee will arrive at Comcast to put it on. "We followed through with what we're supposed to. If they don't give me a tape, there's nothing I can do about it," he added.
O'Donnell repeatedly promoted the video Sunday on her Twitter feed
, saying it would run at 11:30 on Sunday night. But shortly after that she tweeted, "Okay... this is NOT our show! Must be a programming mix up. We will get back to you..."
Next came a tweet that urged people to watch the video at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday -- followed by "This isn't our show either! We are told channel 28 'forgot' to air it...both times... even though we paid for the time slot last week." And finally, "Dirty politics again? I'd like to think the County run station really did just 'forget' even though we reminded them this morning."
The station did run the video on its website
, and it is also available via O'Donnell's campaign.
Set to mellow, New-Agey music, it is a montage of O'Donnell on the campaign trail, including a visit to a packing facility that employs people with Down syndrome, and featurettes of people who agree with her positions, such as a doctor who opposes the new health care law. There's also a clip of O'Donnell from her "I'm you" ad, but minus the opening in which she says, "I'm not a witch."
O'Donnell is running behind Democrat Chris Coons
for the Senate seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden. His appointed successor, Ted Kaufman, is leaving the Senate.
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