Christine O'Donnell Slammed on Financial Problems in Ad as "Witchcraft" Comment Fallout Continues

The Democratic Party is out with a new ad attacking Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. The ad ignores the odd remarks O'Donnell made in the past, which have been the focus of scrutiny since she won the Republican primary, and instead attacks her on financial issues.

"We don't know a lot about Christine O'Donnell. But here's what we do know," a narrator in the ad says. "She'll fit right in, in Washington. O'Donnell spends money she doesn't have. Hired employees she didn't pay. Stiffed businesses. Didn't pay her taxes."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee takes the line of attack from the Republican party, which also slammed O'Donnell for her financial problems before she defeated Rep. Mike Castle in the Senate primary last week. The GOP was initially backing Castle, who was presumed to have a much better chance of beating Democratic candidate Chris Coons in the general election.

The ad makes no mention of the decade-old remarks from O'Donnell that resurfaced on Friday in which she said she "dabbled into witchcraft."

Republican strategist Karl Rove, who has already expressed his reservations about O'Donnell's electability said yesterday on "Fox News Sunday" that O'Donnell would have to explain those remarks.

"In southern Delaware, where there are a lot of church-going people, they're probably going to want to know what was that all about," Rove said.

O'Donnell has brushed off the remarks and quipped, "There's been no witchcraft since [high school]. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now."

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Stephanie Condon is a political reporter for CBSNews.com. You can read more of her posts here. Follow Hotsheet on Facebook and Twitter.