You can call it an "oops" an "oh no!" or a "someone's going to get fired," but Christine O'Donnell has her own theory as to why a local TV station in Delaware did not air her new documentary-style campaign video this morning, scheduled for 10 am.
"Dirty politics again?" O'Donnell tweeted in response to the news. "I'd like to think the County run station really did just 'forget' even though we reminded them this morning."
It was unclear exactly what station was at fault, however O'Donnell may be referencing a tweet from earlier this morning, which would implicate Channel 28:
A quick trip over to Channel 28's website seems to confirm that hunch. As of the writing of this story, the station's live stream featured the O'Donnell video, over an hour-and-a-half later than when it was scheduled to air:
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)
According to the Washington Post, the station "forgot" to air the ad not once, but twice:
She told supporters at a Tea Party Express rally on Sunday in Wilmington to watch that night at 11:30. "Tell everyone to tune in," she said at the rally.
"1 minute until the premiere of our 30 minute feature. Tune in to meet all the heart warming people I've met on the campaign trail. Ch. 28," O'Donnell tweeted Sunday night.
But the ad never aired.
A few minutes later, O'Donnell tweeted: "Okay... this is NOT our show! Must be a programming mix up. We will get back to you..."
The source, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive campaign operations, said the station "forgot to air it."
Then on Monday morning, O'Donnell's campaign issued a press release saying the ad would air on Channel 28 at 10 a.m. The candidate tweeted: "The Inspiring TV show about Delawareans will air at 10 aam and 3 pm today on Channel 28. Please watch this before you vote."
And again, it did not air.
"This isn't our show either! We are told channel 28 'forgot' to air it...both times... even though we paid for the time slot last week," O'Donnell tweeted shortly after 10 a.m.
The case of the missing campaign ad just got more, well, political. CNN is reporting that Channel 28 has responded to the "forgot" claims from the O'Donnell camp, and is blaming the campaign for not getting the ad to him in time. It's important to note first that the channel's operator (Tim Qualls) calls himself an O'Donnell supporter, further complicating O'Donnell's claims of "dirty politics":
Qualls told CNN that the campaign was given a Friday afternoon deadline to submit the ad and failed to deliver it on time. He says he needs 48 hours from delivery to be able to put an ad on his channel.
"We didn't receive the show until Saturday night," Qualls said in a phone interview. "They showed up at my employee’s house…at 11 p.m."
Qualls, who said he's been inundated with phone calls, said he supported O'Donnell but "she's losing my vote rapidly."
"I hate the fact that she's put it out there that it's politics," he said.