30 September 2010

Christine O'Donnell

It's difficult to believe the succession of bizarre news about Christine O'Donnell, the Republican (Tea Party) nominee for a Delaware Senate seat.

During the nineties, she founded and led a group called Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT) dedicated to promoting abstinence and discouraging masturbation. Seriously. Unfortunately, SALT has avoided filing a tax return with the IRS for three years now and will soon lose its nonprofit status.

O'Donnell has repeatedly lied about her education. In 2005, she sued the Studies Institute, an intercollegiate study group, stating that she had lost the chance to get a master's degree at Princeton because of their discrimination - even though she didn't yet have a bachelor's degree at that time, so it's hard to see how that could be anything but a lie.

More recently, her LinkedIn profile stated that she attended Claremont Graduate School and the University of Oxford. But instead, she actually received a fellowship from a conservative think-tank called the Claremont Institute, and she once attended a summer seminar given by the Phoenix Institute that rented space at Oxford.

O'Donnell has defended herself by claiming that some malicious person created that otherwise-accurate profile years ago, in order to... um... well it wasn't her, liberals! Oh and they also made one at a similar site called Zoominfo, even impersonating her email address. Villainy!

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