The Unforgettable ‘I am not a witch’ Moment in Christine O’Donnell’s Campaign

Sometimes we say something stupid that comes back to haunt us years later. That can be especially difficult for someone who’s running for political office.

In 2010, Christine O’Donnell, in her third campaign, rode the Tea Party wave to an upset victory in the Republican primary for US Senate from Delaware.

And then something stupid came back to haunt her.

Years earlier, O’Donnell had appeared on Bill Maher’s TV show and admitted that she had once dabbled in witchcraft.

And before long, that was almost all that some people knew about Christina. O’Donnell, was that she had once dabbled in witchcraft.

Against her own better judgment, she claims, she made a TV commercial in which she declared. “I am not a witch.”

But the damage had been done, and O’Donnell was trounced in the general election.

The following year she wrote a book describing that experience, and detailing the political views that she says she was never able to fully explain during the campaign. Her book was called Troublemaker, and that’s when I have the chance to meet her.

So here now, from 2011, Christine O’Donnell.

Christine O’Donnell is 54 now. She writes a column for the Washington times.

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