Delaware Senate race conjures comparability with 2010 marketing campaign | Govt-and-politics
FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2020 file photo Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Coons faces political newcomer Lauren Witzke in Delaware’s U.S. Senate race.
FILE – in this Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Lauren Witzke celebrates after winning Delaware’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, in Dover, Del. Witzke, a political newcomer, defeated attorney James DeMartino to become the GOP nominee for the seat currently held by Democrat Chris Coons.
FILE – In this April 14, 2020 file photo, Delaware Gov. John Carney speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, Del. Carney is seeking reelection in a race against Republican attorney Julianne Murray, who is suing Carney in federal court over a ban on short-term property rentals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — This year’s U.S. Senate race in Delaware is conjuring up comparisons with a campaign a decade ago that resulted in Democrat Chris Coons winning the seat once held by Joe Biden after conservative upstart Christine O’Donnell in a campaign ad famously assured voters she was “not a witch.”
Like O’Donnell, GOP newcomer Lauren Witzke is making headlines this year for her statements and background.
O’Donnell once told an interviewer she’d “dabbled into witchcraft,” compared masturbation to adultery, and was hounded about her personal financial difficulties and questionable use of campaign funds.
Witzke has promoted QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory alleging President Donald Trump is battling “deep state” enemies and a child sex trafficking network run by government officials, celebrities and business elites. She also has defended the Proud Boys, a male-only group of neo-fascists who describe themselves as “western chauvinists” and have been known to engage in street violence.
Coons has condemned Witzke’s “embrace” of the Proud Boys and said such groups “pose a real threat to public safety and everyday Delawareans and Americans.”
Witzke recently tweeted, “I’m not sure when patriotic masculinity, defending yourself, and being Christian became ‘Far-Right.’ I also don’t recall the Proud Boys rioting and looting the city of Wilmington like ANTIFA did, either.”