Ad Watch: The Christine O'Donnell Air War

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:

Not too many people even knew who Christine O’Donnell was a week ago, but suddenly she’s the talk of the town in Washington. First Democrats ripped her in a new TV ad. Now Republican Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is fighting back with an ad of its own.

Rewind to Sunday when the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fired the first shot at the GOP’s controversial Delaware Senate candidate.

We don't know a lot about Christine O’Donnell, but here's what we do know,” the ad said. “She'll fit right in Washington. O’Donnell spends money she doesn't have. Hired employees she didn't pay. Stiffed businesses. Didn't pay her taxes. One of Christine O'Donnell's former employees summed it up: ‘We were constantly trying to hold her back from spending. She was financially completely irresponsible.’”

Watch it HERE:

The DSCC ad didn’t even mention the most recent revelations, including past O’Donnell comments that being gay is an “identity disorder” and that she “dabbled in witchcraft.”

One day later DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is shelling out $250,000 for an ad backing the Delaware candidate – and they might put more money behind it later. The ad, airing first on cable, tries to tie O’Donnell’s opponent Chris Coons to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“What do we need in Washington? Harry Reid calls Chris Coons “his pet.” Delaware doesn’t need a Washington career politician’s pet,” the ad said. “Christine O’Donnell’s not afraid to stand up to the party bosses and power brokers. Get our economy moving again. Balance the budget again. Stop the bailouts. Freedom to choose our doctors and health plans. Christine O’Donnell stands up for us, not for Washington.”

Watch it HERE:

No mention of witchcraft, homosexuality, or personal finances in the ad.

Senate Conservatives Fund spokesman Matt Hoskins said the DSCC ad is a sign that Democrats are concerned about O’Donnell, even though many Republicans seemed to write off any chances of winning the state after her shocking victory last week over Rep. Mike Castle.

“Democrats are spending money in this race because they know Christine can win,” said Hoskins.

“Republicans cannot abandon her and give up on this seat.”

After her victory last week the National Republican Senatorial Committee gave O’Donnell $42,600, the maximum contribution possible.

--Matthew Jaffe

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