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Christine O'Donnell: Tax probe derails her political future

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Former Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, subjected to politically-motivated tax charges that helped kill her chances of winning in 2010, said she won't run for office again until the Feds get to the bottom of tax case she simply called "crap."

In a nationally broadcast radio interview Thursday morning, the Tea Party favorite also said that her parents are ill and that a second bid for office would put too much stress on them.

"A lot of people have been asking me that. But if I had to answer right no I would say no," O'Donnell told Andrea Tantaros, host of the Andrea Tantaros Show. "That's for two reasons. Both of my parents are ill right now and the stress of another campaign--I just don't want to put that on them. But not only that, this investigation, is probably the most--other than my parent's health--is the most important project that I have got going on right now because of the longtime impact. Not just because of how it impacts me but what it will do if this is just brushed under the rug."

O'Donnell said that Justice officials have told her that her tax records were improperly accessed, likely by a state revenue official. She said that a lien was mistakenly put on her taxes the very day she announced her bid in 2010 to run for the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden.

The state told Congress that they began snooping into her tax records because of a newspaper article. They also told Sen. Chuck Grassley that the records detailing how often her taxes were opened by state officials have been destroyed.

The Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration is looking into the case.

Getting to the bottom of that case is her first job, she told Tantaros. She is also eager for Biden to weigh in on the issue. "I would love to hear his statement about what's going on with the breach of my tax records," she said, adding that she believes that he will "absolutely not" win the presidency in 2016.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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