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Christine O’Donnell Urban Myths: Lies, Truth, Fact and Fiction
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Part 1 in our series of political Urban Myths, Lies, Truths and Fabrications is about Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party Republican primary winner in the Delaware race for VP Joe Biden’s Senate seat. Christine O’Donnell’s upset win is not surprising because she is a Tea Party member, it is surprising because of the many lies she has been telling about her own record for many years, and the fact that so few of Delaware’s voters seemed to care about them.

Don’t believe us, believe Fox News and also Karl Rove, who called Christine O’Donnell out live on Fox News for the many mistruths she has told.

In spite of these many lies she has told on Fox News prove that voters do not seem to either know or care about the truth.

But we at UrbanMyths.com know that the truth actually matters.  It informs our decisions, both good and bad, and otherwise.

Here is what the Republican Party of Delaware has deleted from their website just after Christine O’Donnell won the primary, which thanks to Google cache is still available to those who care.

They confront the various stories she has told about owing back taxes, her home foreclosure, whether or not she received a degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, which also sued her for unpaid expenses. The list goes on.

The title of the article on the Delaware GOP website: O’Donnell Lies on Fox News:

09.03.2010

O’DonnellNews Journal’s Report Is A Lie

Facing Simple Questions From Fox News Host, Perennial Fringe Candidate O’Donnell Denies Well-Documented Facts Surrounding Her Numerous Personal Scandals

WILMINGTON — In an appearance Thursday on Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” perennial fringe candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-DE), falsely denied a series of well-documentedfacts regarding her long history of financial problems.

The News Journal reported in March 2010 that, among other glaring problems with her personal conduct, O’Donnell was sued by her alma mater for unpaid expenses, and “…while she was courting voters, she amassed thousands of dollars in campaign debt, was confronted by the IRS about unpaid income taxes and sold her Wilmington home to a campaign staffer to avoid a sheriff’s sale ordered to settle mortgage claims, a News Journal investigation shows.”  However, O’Donnell denied these facts in the following exchange with Cavuto:

CAVUTO: …Do you owe back taxes?

O’DONNELLNo, I don’t.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reported that “O’Donnell owes the federal government $11,744.59 in taxes and penalties from the 2005 tax year, according to a lien filed by the IRS on March 2, 2010, with the New Castle County Recorder of Deeds. According to the IRS Web site, liens are placed after a taxpayer has been notified of a debt and the person fails or refuses to pay within 10 days. Liens attach to all current and future property owned by the taxpayer, including vehicles.”  Meanwhile, the blog Delaware Tomorrow notes that O’Donnell told WDEL’s Rick Jensen, “There wasn’t even a tax lien.” CLICK HERE to view the IRS tax lien against ChristineO’Donnell.  O’Donnell has yet to provide proof that the IRS’s claim against her has been satisfied.

CAVUTO: Did you foreclose on a home?

O’DONNELLNo.

However, the News Journal reported that “O’Donnell was also having trouble paying her mortgage, according to the lawsuit filed by the mortgage holder on March 5, 2008. The mortgage company secured a default judgment against O’Donnell for $90,421.31 on May 13, 2008. A sheriff’s sale date was set for Aug. 1, 2008… But a month before the sheriff’s auction, O’Donnell sold the house at 518 N. Lincoln Street for $135,000… O’Donnell said she was not aware of the mortgage company lawsuit and that she never received a notice of foreclosure.”  And Delaware Tomorrow provides documentation showing that, not only did Christine O’Donnell’s mortgage lender file suit against her, but she failed to even respond, leading to her home being placed in foreclosure.

CAVUTO: … You didn’t receive a diploma because you didn’t pay your tuition, is that true?

O’DONNELLWell, yes and no… It took 12 years to pay off my student loans… When I did the cap and gown ceremony in 1993 I was handed a leather portfolio, but inside was a bursar’s bill, heha!  Most people do not have the funds to pay for their education.  I’m not a multimillionaire and neither are most of the voters in Delaware…

Besides the obvious fact that owing money on student loans does not preclude someone from getting their diploma – because the point of student loans is that the lending institution has paid the tuition and fees, and the student or graduate now owes the lender – the News Journal reports that “her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University… sued her for $4,823 in unpaid expenses, according to New Jersey and California court documents. The university won a judgment in New Jersey for the entire amount. In 2000, the judgment was transferred to California, where O’Donnell lived at the time, as unpaid, according to court documents. O’Donnell said the dispute was over student loans. California reported the debt as satisfied in 2003, but she was never conferred a degree by Fairleigh Dickinson because of non-payment.

“Is Christine O’Donnell actually this unhinged from reality?  Or is she simply a liar, whose total lack of respect for Delaware voters leads her to deliberately and repeatedly deny the clearfacts surrounding her many personal and professional failures?” asked Delaware Republican Party Chairman Tom Ross.  “Either way, O’Donnell’s bizarre and untruthful rhetoric continues to prove that she is far from qualified to represent Delaware in the United States Senate.  Christine O’Donnell is not only irresponsible, she is a true embarrassment, and Delaware both demands and deserves far better from its candidates.

Now that the Delaware GOP is stuck with O’Donnell, they and she are attempting to pave over the truth by removing articles from the web and by re-doing their websites.

All but the homepage of Chistine O’Donnell’s website mysteriously disappeared right after the primary, and no doubt her personal history is now being re-written once again.

But don’t worry, we have the cached copies of it all, and will be bringing you the truth about Christine O’Donnell, the Tea party, and all the other urban myths, lies, rumors, facts that these new  politicians want you to believe but that you probably would be better off treating like the fairy tales they are most likely to be.

Stay tuned for more. And pass the Kool Aid…

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