Representative Michele ‘Bozo’ Bachmann (R-MN), one of the nation’s best known homophobes, surprised the political establishment today when she announced she will not seek reelection to the House in 2014. Bachmann sought the Republican nomination for President in 2012, in a very crowded field, and finished in last place.
Bachmann is under investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegedly misusing campaign funds, and the Federal Election Commission and the FBI is investigating her Presidential campaign committee.
"Be assured, my decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress. And rest assured, this decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff," Bachmann said.
The firebrand 57-year-old tax attorney's staunch pro-life, anti-gay, anti-Obamacare, and generally anti-government positions made her a Tea Party darling who won the Iowa Straw poll in a vacillating 2012 Republican presidential primary field. But after dropping out of that race last January and winning re-election to her seat, she became ensnarled in an investigation into her campaign finances that the FBI is now joining. And as Politico's Alex Isenstadt explained just yesterday, Democrat Jim Graves, who lost to Bachmann by just 1.18 percentage points in November and had major backing from his party, posed "the gravest threat to her political career yet" in 2014.
The chairman of the House Tea Party Caucus has accomplished very little in her 4 terms in Congress, and has never authored a bill that was signed into law.
Quite frankly, I’m going to miss having Bozo in Congress, because she’s such a polarizing figure in Washington, and she gives us so much material to have fun with.
She will still be a member of Congress for the next year and a half, so I imagine that you will read about her again in this space, before she officially says adieu.
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