The media likes to tag her as a "tea party favorite," but during a book tour stop in Naples, Fla., last week, there was no real love lost on former Senate candidate Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell. According to southwest Florida's News-Press, only five supporters showed up at Barnes & Noble to meet O'Donnell and members of the media outnumbered book customers.
Not even tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell could draw a large crowd for her book signing Wednesday in staunchly Republican Naples during August, a month when there are few tourists and many locals are on vacation.
Still, O’Donnell took the turnout of five people — members of the media outnumbered customers — at Barnes & Noble in stride.
“God bless you, Tom,” she told Tom Bruzzesi of Fort Myers, who said he’s launching his own presidential campaign.
“I like her,” Bruzzesi said. “She’s kind of a rogue like me.”
“Thank you for coming out today,” O’Donnell said to Louise Campo of Naples.
“She interests me. She’s very conservative,” Campo said.
O’Donnell, a Christian, then politely turned down a request from a young man who asked her to sign his book on demonology instead of a copy of her book.
Her book, “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes To Make America Great Again,” recounts O’Donnell’s 2010 Senate bid and her stand on political issues.
An obscure presidential candidate and a demonologist comprised nearly half of her audience and her book is #26,821 on the Amazon bestsellers list. Continuing to call her a "tea party favorite" seems a bit of a stretch nowadays, don't you think?
To further compound O'Donnell's bad week, on Monday, tea party organizers in Iowa reported that O'Donnell would deliver remarks preceding a keynote address from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at an upcoming Tea Party of America rally. However, on Tuesday, the group's founder told CNN that due to an "internal miscommunication," the group has since rescinded O'Donnell's invitation to speak.
Sarah Palin? Tea party favorite.
Christine O'Donnell? Not so much.
Ugh, make up your mind -- Christine O'Donnell has been re-invited to Iowa tea party event