WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says a local cable TV station did not show a 30-minute political ad her campaign had scheduled in the final push to election day.
Campaign spokesman Doug Sachtleben said Monday the campaign had bought time. He said the program was scheduled to run once late Sunday and once Monday on Channel 28, a Comcast public access channel in Wilmington.
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The Republican candidate sent messages to supporters on Twitter, urging them to tune in. She later sent a message saying the station "'forgot' to air it both times ... even though we paid for the time slot last week."
The half-an-hour television ad was finally being aired on a Delaware public access channel after a day of delays.
Producer: Campaign late turning in the video
Tim Qualls, an independent producer who booked time for the program on the Comcast's channel 28, said it didn't run as scheduled because O'Donnell's campaign was late getting him the video.
Qualls said the campaign approached him Thursday about running the program this weekend. He said the campaign had a Friday deadline for getting him the video but didn't deliver it until Sunday night.
Qualls, a Republican who said he voted for O'Donnell in the primary, called on O'Donnell to clarify that the campaign was at fault so the incident doesn't hurt his reputation. He said he has been bombarded by nasty phone and e-mail messages, some including threats.
"I want something coming from her office saying something on this," he said. "Don't make me look like I forgot ... I got like 200 e-mails from people cussing me out."
O'Donnell's campaign released a statement Monday afternoon calling it a "misunderstanding."
"Mr. Qualls is being incredibly cooperative now that he finally understands the situation," the statement said. "We are sincerely sorry for any misunderstanding that has transpired."
Qualls said the video is now slated to run twice this afternoon and four times Tuesday.
The ad features O'Donnell supporters talking about their struggles in the weak economy and criticizing the policies coming from Washington.
O'Donnell has announced no public events Monday. She faces Democrat Chris Coons in the race for the Senate seat long held by Vice President Joe Biden.
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