UPDATE: A rough week for Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell

UPDATE:  She’s back in.  O’Donnell has been re-invited to speak at an Iowa event featuring Sarah Palin. 

She was in, then out, and now back in again.  Christine O’Donnell will speak in Iowa after all.  She initially was invited to appear at a Tea Party event, then following some e-mails opposed to her appearance, the Tea Party of America uninvited her.  After that decision got lots of attention, the group changed course again and re-invited her.  O’Donnell posted on her Twitter account, “In Troublemaker I talk about ‘rising above it’, and have humbly re-accepted the re-invitation to speak in Iowa on Saturday.”

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After a poor showing at a book signing last week, the Tea Party favorite has now been bumped from a speaking appearance with Sarah Palin in Iowa this weekend.

Christine O’Donnell was scheduled to take part in a high profile event featuring the former Republican nominee for Vice President, but it looks like some in the Tea Party have soured on their support for O’Donnell.  

Tea Party of America co-founder Charlie Gruschow told the Wall Street Journal that the group received numerous “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.”  In the article, Gruschow goes on to say, “We decided not to have her speak.  We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”

Speaking out on her official Twitter account, O’Donnell said, “I was honored to be asked to speak at the Iowa rally this weekend and accepted. Changed my flight to make it work…  I am told things changed on their end and I will not be speaking.  I truly wish them the best with this an important event [sic].”

Last week, O’Donnell’s book tour stopped in Florida for an intimate crowd.  Just five people showed up to meet the Troublemaker author, according to The News-Press in Fort Myers.  The article says one of those who showed up asked O’Donnell to sign a copy of a demonology book, instead of her own autobiography.  She declined his request.

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