Republican Christine O’Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons tout support across the aisle
Christine O’Donnell maintains a number of Democrats are supporting her Republican, tea party-backed candidacy for US Senate. Democratic candidate Chris Coons has also released a list of over 70 Republicans supporting him in Tuesday’s election.
Several registered Democrats spoke in support of O’Donnell Wednesday in Wilmington. She said it is an indication of the frustration many Americans feel with both political parties.
Wilmington resident Ish Prado said he spoke out because he felt the Democratic party with which he is registered has gone too far to the left. Michael Degnars, who is with a family-run bakery businesses, said O’Donnell would work on behalf of small businesses, and he criticized what he sees as the current “arrogance in Washington.”
O’Donnell also said there were dozens of other Democratic supporters who wanted to speak on her behalf, but were concerned about possible “political retaliation” or intimidation. She continued to outline her top priorities if elected: keeping the Bush tax cuts from expiring, implementing a two-year holiday on the capital gains tax, and preventing “cap and trade” and an increase in the estate tax from taking effect.
Names on the list of his Republican supporters released by the Coons campaign this week included former Congressman and Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee Tom Evans, former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court Norm Veasey, and William “Bud” Roth III, the son of the late Senator William Roth. “It’s a great honor to have the public support of so many Delaware Republicans who understand the consequences of the election,” Coons said.