Cornyn: NRSC will support O’Donnell

***UPDATE*** at the bottom.

Ed Morrissey writes that John Cornyn has come out this morning and said Christine O’Donnell has the full support of the NRSC, including a check for $42,000:

Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 – the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees – which the NRSC will send to her campaign today.

I wondered if the NRSC had changed their mind or if it was actually misreported, so I asked Ed Morrissey on twitter about it. He replied:

It was an anonymous source in the NRSC last night, which almost certainly was NOT Cornyn.

Good for John Cornyn for making the right decision and extending their full support to O’Donnell. The Tea Party wins again!


UPDATE: Cornyn – NRSC Aides Don’t Speak For Me:

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made one thing clear Wednesday, those aides in his National Republican Senatorial Committee office did not speak for him when they told Fox and other news organizations that Delaware GOP primary winner Christine O’Donnell would receive no help from his group.

“You’ve now come straight to the horse’s mouth. I don’t know what those statements were. They didn’t come from me,” Cornyn said emphatically and promising O’Donnell in a personal phone call that a $42,000 check was on its way.

“I congratulated her this morning, and I told her as the nominee of the Republican party, she would get the unqualified support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee,” Cornyn recounted, adding that he also invited O’Donnell to Washington later this week for meetings to figure out how the NRSC can do more, particularly in the fundraising department, an area where O’Donnell definitely could use some help.

But Cornyn would not go so far as to predict that O’Donnell can win against New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, the Democrat in the race. “I don’t know. I don’t know. A lot of people thought she could not win last night. She did win against a very popular congressman, so I wouldn’t underestimate her a bit.”

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