In what appears to be an effort to staff their paper with outspoken conservative voices that appeal to a Tea Party audience, The Washington Times announced today that former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is being brought on as a columnist.
This follows the recent hirings of Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, defense hawk Cliff May, and radio hosts Tammy Bruce, Steve Deace, and Rusty Humphries. The spate of new hires also illustrates TWT Editor John Solomon‘s commitment to transforming the Times from a conventional paper into a multi-platform brand. In addition to her column, O’Donnell will serve as a commentator for TWT‘s nascent radio and video efforts. DeLay is also hosting an on-demand radio show, and Bruce, Deace, and Humphries will all contribute to online efforts as well as to the paper.
O’Donnell, of course, made a name for herself during her ultimately unsuccessful 2010 run for a Delaware Senate seat. She managed to defeat long-serving establishment Republican Rep. Mike Castle in the primary, but lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the general by a wide margin. She has since been a contributor on CNN and Fox News.