O'Donnell to GOP: Hannity's 'in My Back Pocket'

Senate hopeful complains party leaving her in the cold
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2010 6:56 AM CDT
In this May 4, 2007, file photo, Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity speaks in Salt Lake City, Utah.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
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(Newser) – Feeling sorely underfunded, Christine O’Donnell has warned the GOP she has a secret weapon: She says she’s “got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys,” top Republicans tell Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post. She’s already making good on that promise, having appeared on Hannity’s radio show yesterday with harsh words for party leaders.

She slammed the National Republican Senatorial Committee for not putting cash into her race beyond the standard $43,000. Hannity took up her cause, calling out GOP bosses for a lack of endorsements and funding. But some party insiders question what Fineman dubs a “woe-is-me campaign strategy.” Asks one: “Why would you tell the world that no one in the party likes you?” Fineman sees it as a winning, if not admirable, strategy. If O'Donnell "can raise enough money by attacking the Bigs with Hannity's help, perhaps she can close the gap in the polls—and then the DC folks will fork over."

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