Posts Tagged ‘Rep. Mike Castle’

Christine O’Donnell runs – again – for U.S. Senate

March 11, 2010

Will the third time be a charm for conservative Republican Christine O’Donnell?

Christine O’Donnell

Christine O’Donnell

She announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate, Wednesday, March 10, at the University of Delaware.

O’Donnell said she would carry the Reagan revolution into the 21st century. She also vowed to cut spending, shrink the deficit and lower taxes.

O’Donnell, who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate in 2006 and 2008, could force a Republican primary against Rep. Mike Castle, who announced last year his bid for the seat.

She said she has immense grassroots support and questioned why Castle isn’t remaining in the House of Representatives where he has seniority and influence.

“We will have all the resources we need to win in September and beyond,” she said.

Not so fast, says O’Donnell’s former assistant campaign manager David Keegan.

He’s threatened to out O’Donnell concerning debts she owes to campaign workers and companies. In 2008, O’Donnell won the Republican nomination to run against then-Sen. Joe Biden. State Republicans will make their nominations at a Saturday, May 15 state convention at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.


Delaware Democrats castigate Rep. Mike Castle

January 11, 2010

Delaware Democrats are calling Republican Rep. Mike Castle a hypocrite.

The thrashing comes after a release was issued by Castle’s office Thursday, Jan. 7, crediting him with helping the state acquire $5.2 million that Democrats say were stimulus funds.

Not so, says Castle’s Legislative and Communications Director Kate Dickens. Nothing we released or announced were stimulus funds. They were regular appropriation funds,” she said.

Dickens said funds for the homeless came from the Omnibus Appropriations Act in 2009. She said about $500,000 were included in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010. At one point, Castle did oppose the homeland security measure because it did not include sufficient funds for rail or transit security, she said. Later, she said, Castle ended up approving the bill.

Delaware Democratic Party Chairman John Daniello said, In Congress, he does nothing to help create jobs and fix the economic crisis President Bush generated, but back in his district, he takes credit for projects opposed.

Dickens said Democrats and some reporters need to do their homework. Again, they’re not checking stimulus funds, they’re not checking their facts,she said.

Castle slams Biden in run for Senate seat, sez early poll

May 19, 2009

NINE-TERM INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN REP. MIKE CASTLE would win election to the junior Senate seat over Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, according to an April 30 poll. Susquehanna Polling and Research is a Harrisburg-based public opinion firm that conducted the poll.

The poll, which has a 4 percent margin of error, indicates Castle would trounce Biden, 55 to 34 percent, with 8 percent undecided. Castle, who attended a Friday, May 8, volunteer awards recognition banquet, said he was undecided if he will run for the 2010 Senate seat held by Sen. Ted Kaufman, who has agreed with Democratic Party officials to hold the seat.

“I’m not giving you the run-around, I’m just not sure yet,” said Castle.

Castle, 70, is a popular Republican who has historically won by large margins, garnering 72 percent of the vote in 2002.

In 2006, Castle suffered a minor stroke and still was reelected to the at-large seat when he ran against Democrat Dennis Spivak, winning 57-39 percent.

In April, former Lt. Gov. John Carney, who lost the Democratic primary to Gov. Jack Markell, filed to run for the junior Senate seat.