Former Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell (R) is sending mixed messages on whether or not she’ll run in 2014. Yesterday, O’Donnell told the Hill that she is “not saying no” to another U.S. Senate run, but that any decision she made would depend on many factors, such as her parents’ health and the investigation into whether or not her tax records were improperly accessed in 2010 (that investigation recently took a strange turn with Delaware officials admitting they’d likely destroyed computer records that would indicate when and how often they’d accessed her information).
As the News Journal reports, O’Donnell said last September that she owed it to her supporters to consider another Senate campaign. She also told the Hill that she would make a decision by next spring, a stance that has irked Delaware senate minority whip Greg Lavelle (R).
“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,” Lavelle said in the News Journal.
O’Donnell was dismissive of the remark on Twitter yesterday.
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.— Christine O’Donnell (@ChristineOD) July 23, 2013
There are many factors in my decision to run in 2014. Number 1 is my parents’ health. Lavelle can’t appreciate that?— Christine O’Donnell (@ChristineOD) July 23, 2013
However, O’Donnell also denied on Twitter that she’s planning a 2014 bid.
Misinformation is circulating re a comment taken out of context. #shocker. To be clear, a 2014 Senate run isn’t even on my radar!— Christine O’Donnell (@ChristineOD) July 23, 2013