'Dancing with the Stars' courting Tea Party's Christine O'Donnell
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/23/2011
Dancing with the Stars is apparently looking to cast another controversial contestant with a Sarah Palin connection.
Delaware Tea Party politician Christine O'Donnell has announced ABC has invited her to join the twelfth-season cast of Dancing with the Stars. However O'Donnell -- who was endorsed by Palin when she ran for the U.S. Senate unsuccessfully last year -- says she is still on the fence about whether to accept the offer.
"I just got the Official 'Ask' from Dancing With The Stars !! Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2 year old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet!! However Eileen thinks I should do it. What do you think?" O'Donnell wrote on her Facebook page on Monday.
The Republican politician received hundreds of comments soon after she posted the news, but the feedback apparently didn't help her make a final decision.
"The Facebook comments about Dancing w The Stars list great pros and cons. Thank you for your input. Still undecided. Book comes first," O'Donnell responded in a subsequent post.
While ABC does not comment on prospective Dancing with the Stars cast members, the upcoming season's cast will be formally revealed during Monday night's The Bachelor broadcast. The new season will premiere Monday, March 21.
O'Donnell, a frequent guest on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect ABC political talk show in the late 1990's, lost to Democrat Chris Coons in last November's election for one of Delaware's U.S. Senate seats.
She was best known for a campaign ad which she publicly denied she was a witch after Maher released television footage in which she was shown admitting she had "dabbled" in witchcraft and dated a witch during one of her appearances on the ABC late night program.