Christine O’Donnell Hints at Book Deal, Reality TV, and Dirty Laundry

Nov 11, 2010 10:42am

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports:    Failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware was back in the TV talk show hot seat Wednesday night. But it didn’t appear to be the start of her farewell tour.  O’Donnell, whose penchant for TV talk show appearances during the 1990s became a popular fixation during the 2010 campaign, told the Tonight Show’s Jay Leno that a book deal and reality TV show could be in her future. “The offers have been interesting,” she said. “I am not necessarily interested in a reality show, unless it’s something like a 30-minute ad we did for our campaign that highlighted these issues… I would like to do something like a watchdog-type show,” said O’Donnell, who also did not rule out another run for public office. Reflecting on her loss to Democrat Chris Coons — her third failed bid for the office — O’Donnell said intraparty politics hurt her campaign.  Many party leaders refused to support O’Donnell’s candidacy, which was backed by Tea Party groups and Sarah Palin.  GOP Rep. Mike Castle, whom she defeated in the primary, also refused to endorse her in the general election. “He [Castle] and Karl Rove went around the state, met with the Tea Party groups and all the conservative groups and were saying, ‘Okay, after the primary, everyone’s gonna — it’s important that we win a seat,’” she told Leno. “But when it came time for them to do what they were preaching, they couldn’t. And I think had they, it would have made a huge difference.” O’Donnell praised Palin as an “amazing woman,” who she said was one of her few defenders during the campaign, and said the former governor has the experience to run in 2012. “I liked Rudy Giuliani’s response that Governor Palin has more executive experience than President Obama,” she said.  Backstage, after taping the show, O’Donnell said she was off to meetings and dinner in L.A. – and then to do her laundry. “I still haven’t done my laundry,” she said. “Still havent’ done your laundry?” the host questions. “Haven’t done my laundry since pre-primary,” she replied. 

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