O'Donnell has, for the most part, stayed away from the news media since she upset U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary last month. But she answered a few questions at the opening of her campaign headquarters in Brandywine Hundred.
Asked by a reporter for KYW-TV, Philadelphia, about records that show she lived in a townhouse where her campaign paid the $15,000 rent, O'Donnell said several campaign workers live there too and the building functions as an office. O'Donnell has reimbursed the campaign $1,500 so far.
She said a night out at a bowling alley was a gesture of appreciation to her staff. She referred other questions to her lawyer.
O'Donnell said she has been busy meeting Delaware voters at everything from events in private homes to a youth football game in Wilmington, The News Journal of Wilmington said. She said inviting the press turns events into a "media circus."
While O'Donnell as a conservative activist was known for a hard line on social issues, she has said the Delaware race is about taxes and smaller government.