Leah Barkoukis

Is Christine O’Donnell back? Tweets from the former Senate candidate early Tuesday seemed to suggest she was thinking about a possible run in 2014 against Sen. Chris Coons, who defeated her by a considerable margin in the 2010 race. Via The Hill:

O'Donnell confirmed on her Twitter on Tuesday that she's contemplating a bid, tweeting that "there are many factors in my decision to run in 2014."

"Number 1 is my parents' health. Lavelle can't appreciate that?" she tweeted.

The tweet was in response to a comment from Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle (R) in The Wilmington News Journal, urging her to make a decision now.

"Lavelle's statement that candidates can't decide to run in 2014 until I make a decision suggests he's stuck in back-room deal mindset," she tweeted.

Lavelle earned O'Donnell's ire with comments to the Wilmington paper. 

"The decision to run is a big one, particularly for a United States Senate seat. There’s a lot of variables involved. But to run a serious race, or give somebody else the ability to run a serious race, you don’t [decide] in May of 2014. You do that now," he said.

But O’Donnell, who infamously declared that ‘she’s not a witch’ in a 2010 ad, cleared the air when she tweeted, “Misinformation is circulating re a comment taken out of context. #shocker. To be clear, a 2014 Senate run isn’t even on my radar!”

In addition to her past comments to Bill Maher about experimenting with witchcraft in high school, O’Donnell’s checkered background and series of gaffes along the campaign trail led to her defeat at the polls. 


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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