Christine O’Donnell: FEC Probe Is Political Witch Hunt, Or Something

Matt Lewis passes along Christine O’Donnell’s official response to the news that a criminal probe has apparently been opened over her campaign spending issues:

Responding to news that federal officials had reportedly begun an investigation of her use of campaign funds, former Delaware senate candidate Christine O’Donnell fired back, alleging the investigation was “politically motivated.”

In an email, O’Donnell manager Matt Moran said he was unaware of the probe: “We have heard absolutely nothing other than the same unsubstantiated allegations and rumors that have been circulating in the press for months.”

And here’s O’Donnell’s personal response, which suggests that the investigation is “politically motivated” rather than being based on evidence suggesting laws might have been broken:

We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders that the Delaware Democrat and Republican political establishment is jointly planning to pull out all the stops to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart. Specifically they told me the plan was to crush me with investigations, lawsuits and false accusations so that my political reputation would become so toxic no one would ever get behind me. I was warned by numerous sources that the DE political establishment is going to use every resource available to them. So given that the King of the Delaware Political Establishment just so happens to be the Vice President of the most liberal Presidential administration in U.S. history, it is no surprise that misuse and abuse of the FBI would not be off the table. And further connecting the dots, do you think it is just a coincidence that Melanie Sloan was a senior Biden staffer just before she joined CREW and filed her complaint against me?!

For your own sake, I hope you have a good lawyer Christine.

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  1. wr says:

    Wow, it’s the Sarah Palin defense — all those meanies are after me because I’m a threat to them and they hate freedom!

    And of course, she is completely unconstrained by things like facts. Sloan worked under Joe Biden in 1993. Yes, “just before she started CREW,” if ten years qualifies as “just,” but hardly “just before” she filed her complaint.

  2. anjin-san says:

    > to ensure I would never again upset the apple cart.

    Does this egomaniac even realize that it was to GOP apple cart that she upset?

  3. An Interested Party says:

    It’s funny how we’re supposedly a center-right nation and yet, every new Democratic Administration is supposed to be the most liberal in history…

  4. michael reynolds says:

    Witch hunt.

    You went there.

  5. An Interested Party says:

    I guess she failed to cast a spell on enough people in Delaware…

  6. narciso says:

    CREW were the ones who filed the complaint about the wardrobe, a little over two years ago, some six months later, it was dismissed, with no where the attention, and some months later,
    the real story came out.

  7. sam says:

    “We’ve been warned by multiple high-ranking Democrat insiders”

    Heh. Show of hands. Who believes that high-ranking anybodies would give her the time of day?

  8. Tlaloc says:

    “I’m not a witch! I’m not a witch!”

    “Oh but you spend like one.”

    “They forced me to spend like that, and this isn’t a real FEC complaint it’s a false one.”

    So if she weighs the same as Jack Abramhoff then she’s full of s— and thus a witch!

  9. Smooth Jazz says:

    Hey Dude, She lost and is no longer a factor. What gives?? These “charges” are flimsy at best but you write about it anyway. Let me see if I get this: There is no rigged DailyKOS/PPP poll or MSM hit piece on former Gov Palin for you to comment on today, so you do the next best thing: Whack another Repub woman who is no longer running for anything. I think you have a “problem” with Repub women; I really do. Don’t worry, the day is still young – You could still get your daily obligatory Palin hit piece in if you wait for the daily MSM nugget on the former Alaska Gov.

  10. wr says:

    Shorter Smooth Jazz — Since Doug neglected to write anything bad about Palin, I will pretend that not writing about her is the same as badmouthing her and whine about it. Also, it’s only a crime if a Democrat does it.