Christine O’Donnell, a former marketing consultant who has never held elected office, sprinted to prominence in the Delaware race after receiving support from the Tea Party Express and an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
But there’s been increased scrutiny of O’Donnell’s personal financial history, which her opponents say precludes her from effectively overseeing public finances, and complaints about alleged illegal campaign fundraising.
When asked this morning on “The Early Show” whether voters could trust her with the nation’s finances when she’s appears to have had considerable financial difficulties herself, O’Donnell said: “Absolutely. All of those accusations are addressed on my website, christine2010.com. And when the question of financial responsibility comes into question, you have to look at how I handled those financial difficulties.”
O’Donnell has struggled through difficult times before. She is from a large family, one of six children, five of them girls.
She remembers “sharing a bedroom with my four sisters” and that “my father worked three jobs to take care of our large family.”
She added: “I’m an average hard-working American. I’m not a multi-millionaire like my opponent. Of course in this economy I’ve fallen on hard times. But I worked hard. I sacrificed. I made the decision that I needed to make things right. I came through to the other side in a very strong position. I made it through the difficult times. That’s what the voters are seeing. Financial responsibility is making your obligations right.”