September 20th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

Delaware ad wars heat up

Paul Steinhauser
CNN Deputy Political Director

(CNN) – One day after the Democratic party went up with an television commercial questioning Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's "fiscal responsibility," a major Tea Part organization says new TV and radio ads in support of O'Donnell are in the works.

CNN has learned that the Tea Party Express, the group that spent approximately $250,000 to help O'Donnell win an upset victory over longtime moderate Republican Rep. Mike Castle in last week's GOP primary, is now working on a similar effort in the general election.

"We already have radio and TV ads that are in the works, and we are also putting together a mail program to reach voters in the state," Tea Party Express political director Joe Wierzbicki tells CNN.

Wierzbicki says that they'll probably extend their ads buys to the expensive Philadelphia television market, as they did in the primary. The populous northern part of Delaware is covered by the Philadelphia market. And he adds that the commercials are a mix of ads supportive of O'Donnell and critical of New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, the Democratic Senate nominee.

Sunday the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee went up on television in Delaware with an ad attacking O'Donnell, a conservative commentator who launched failed bids in 2006 and 2008 for the Senate in Delaware and who was considered a longshot against Castle until she received an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and assistance from the Tea Party Express.

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