O’Donnell says no to ‘Dancing’ invite

After asking her Facebook followers to weigh in on whether she should take part in the ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars,” Christine O’Donnell decided it was not her time.

Instead, the former U.S. Senate candidate will focus on writing her book recapping her 2010 loss to Chris Coons, and running her newly formed political action committee.  In a statement posted on her website, O’Donnell says, “For now, I have another challenge before me; to complete a book that tells the story of the 2010 election cycle with the dignity and respect it deserves.”

O’Donnell says it’s not that she didn’t want to dance in the competition, but the timing of the show wasn’t right.  “My goal is for the book and the new PAC I’m starting to serve as resources to activate and motivate those in this middle-class movement who worked so hard to launch the new revolution. If either of these projects were further along, I would be lacing up my dancing shoes right now.”

O’Donnell’s book is due out in late summer.  She says the 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.”

The dancing cast was announced on ABC Monday night.  O’Donnell passed up the opportunity to compete against a former boxing champ, a football all-star, a sitcom star and former Jenny Craig spokesperson, and a former Playboy bunny.

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