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Christine O'Donnell book on the way: get ready for 'Troublemaker' in August

April 7, 2011 |  3:46 pm

"Tea party" favorite Christine O'Donnell will publish a book in August: "Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes To Make America Great Again," coming from St. Martin's press, has an announced a print run of 150,000 and will retail for $25.99.

Initially described as a memoir about the 2010 election, "Troublemaker" will instead, the publisher says, "give voice to the quiet anger in America today: where it comes from, what it's asking for, and where it's going from here."

Sounds like a rallying cry.

I was going to say "manifesto," but that just seems like it's coming from the wrong end of the political spectrum.

O'Donnell started her professional/political activist career right here in Los Angeles, where in 1996 she founded the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth, a.k.a. S.A.L.T. According to a piece in the Daily Beast about her first employee, Wade Richards, the organization "was meant to organize young people around opposition to abortion, sex education and homosexuality." Its conservative stance helped land O'Donnell on Bill Mahr's television show "Politically Incorrect" and in an MTV documentary, "Sex in the '90s." Later, O'Donnell left California and returned to the Washington, D.C., area.

In 2010, O'Donnell made national headlines by defeating nine-term U.S. representative and former governor Michael Castle in the Republican primary for a Delaware Senate seat. During her campaign, she made some controversial remarks, had some public financial issues and had to answer for past statements, including saying on "Politically Incorrect" that she used to "dabble into witchcraft." One campaign advertisement began with O'Donnell saying directly to the camera, "I'm not a witch."

Delaware Online, which says it's not clear what O'Donnell's next political move is, looks ahead to O'Donnell's book with some skepticism:

It's also unclear if O'Donnell's book is an attempt to repair the battered public image of a professional candidate for office who made statements in the past about dabbling into witchcraft, condemning masturbation as a form of adultery, that evolution is a myth and that scientists were growing human brains in mice.

O'Donnell didn't make it to the Senate -- she was defeated in the general election by Democrat Chris Coons. Which means she'll have plenty of time for a book tour.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Christine O'Donnell in September 2010. Credit: Associated Press