Tea Party Senate Candidate Opposes Masturbation

'Lust is adultery,' says Delaware's Christine O'Donnell

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 3, 2010 2:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Now that's abstinence. Delaware Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is opposed to masturbation because the Bible says "lusting in your heart" is the same as committing adultery and, as O'Donnell so correctly pointed out in a past MTV interview, "you can't masturbate without lust." During a 2007 debate on sexuality on Fox News, when former Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders complained that "we have a sexually unhealthy society," O'Donnell snapped: "That's wonderful. It's called modesty."

Jezebel calls O'Donnell a "wackjob," but also points out that dark horse Tea Party candidates can turn out to be stunningly powerful as witnessed in Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski's defeat by Tea Party challenger Joe Miller this week. Now nervous Delaware Republicans are viciously attacking O'Donnell, with state party chairman Tom Ross claiming she "couldn't be elected dog catcher." Dems, convinced they could easily beat O'Donnell, are rooting for her to trounce GOP challenger Rep. Mike Castle in the Senate primary this month.

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