Ex-Senate candidate O'Donnell: FEC lawsuit is a 'witch hunt'

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Posted: Nov 20, 2015 12:27 PM

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says a Federal Election Commission lawsuit accusing her of improper campaign expenditures is a "witch hunt" and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

O'Donnell, who famously declared during the 2010 Senate race that she was not a witch, made the comment Friday in a teleconference with the federal judge hearing the case.

O'Donnell also said she is having trouble hiring a local attorney, claiming that at least three lawyers she has talked to have received phone calls warning of "political backlash" if they represent her.

Her former local attorney, Richard Abbott, withdrew last month, saying he hasn't been paid for his services.

The judge said he might consider the extraordinary step of waiving the requirement for local counsel so the case could proceed without further delay.