Dec 29, 2010
O'Donnell calls investigation ‘politically motivated’ but falls short of calling it a ‘witch-hunt’
In a move that can surprise no one, failed U.S. Senate teabag candidate Christine O'Donnell is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for violating federal law by diverting campaign funds for personal use.
She is a professional political candidate - losing three times - with a sketchy employment history who has lied about her education and defaulted on her student loan and her mortgage. Predictably, she said the investigation is politically motivated, saying in a statement fellow Delaware native Vice-President Joe Biden was behind it.
I was hoping she would say it was a political witch-hunt, but she, for some reason, refrained from using those words.
You will recall that Kristin Murray, a former O'Donnell campaign manager, recorded a robocall to Delaware voters during the election alleging that O'Donnell was "living on campaign donations . . . while leaving her workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt."
According to the Washington Post, “O'Donnell, who has acknowledged having financial problems, has said she used campaign funds to pay part of the rent on her townhouse because it doubled as her campaign headquarters.”
Based on that, how can there not be an investigation?
The investigation came about because of a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The Post said “the CREW complaint to federal prosecutors cited an affidavit signed by David Keegan, a former aide to O'Donnell. He said that in 2009, O'Donnell paid two months rent out of her campaign funds, and also used the funds for meals, gas and a bowling outing.”