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Posted at 6:23 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Christine O'Donnell can't dance and write at same time

By Lisa de Moraes

The day after ABC unveiled its Christine O'Donnell-less list of competitors for the spring 2011 edition of "Dancing with the Stars," O'Donnell posted a statement in re her decision to walk away from the offer to participate.

Christine O'Donnell. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

"I'm honored to have been invited to participate in one of the few uplifting TV shows out there," O'Donnell said.

But, she explained, she is knee deep in writing a book to tell the story of the 2010 election cycle "with the dignity and respect it deserves."

Christine O'Donnell, the "I'm not a witch" Tea Party candidate from Delaware who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010, had alerted her fans last week that the producers of the dance competition series had made her a formal offer to participate in the program and asked for feedback.

A polarizing political figure was high on the producers' wish list, owing to the boffo ratings and viewer-voting results enjoyed by the fall edition of the dancing-celebrities show thanks to Bristol Palin -- daughter of former Alaska governor and possible '12 presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Non-pro dancers have always been selected based on their ability to get out the bloc vote, and the Palin name had been a call to action for Tea Party bloggers. Bristol made it all the way to the final round of competition. ABC could not have been happier.

While lacking a political figure, this next round of competition will include: professional dieter Kirstie Alley, former Hugh Hefner gal pal Kendra Wilkinson, syndicated talk-show host Wendy Williams, Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane. Kane, original "Karate Kid" Ralph Macchio, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho.

"Many referred to the 2010 elections, and all the activity leading up to them, as the start of the Second American Revolution," O'Donnell said Tuesday.

"It is my hope that this book will serve as a clarion call to my fellow citizen-activists by taking the reader beyond petitions and protests and articulating not just what we should do, but why we must do it."

If either her book, or the new PAC she's starting had been further along, "I would be lacing up my dancing shoes right now," O'Donnell insisted.

By Lisa de Moraes  | March 1, 2011; 6:23 PM ET
Categories:  Dancing With the Stars  
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