STATEMENTS: Political Organizations Weigh in on Bachmann Announcement
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House. The announcement prompted statements from various political organizations:
House Majority PAC Executive Director Alixandria Lapp's Statement
“Michele Bachmann’s decision to retire from Congress is good news for the people of Minnesota and our nation. Bachmann was one of House Majority PAC’s top ten targets for many reasons: her out-of-touch and extreme right-wing views, her penchant for making repeated false and outlandish statements and the growing investigation into unethical and potentially even criminal activities.
“House Majority PAC remains committed to defeating Republicans like Michele Bachmann. We are confident that we would have helped defeat her next November, but Bachmann voluntarily removing herself from Congress is a victory we can all celebrate today. We will closely follow this open seat race and believe that Jim Graves is a very strong candidate who can pick up this seat for Democrats in 2014.”
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden’s Statement
“Since her election to Congress in 2006, Michele has been a tireless advocate and dedicated Representative for the people of Minnesota’s Sixth District. Michele was the first Republican woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives, and she has worked hard each day to ensure that her constituents’ voices are heard in the halls of Congress.
“As a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee, Michele has devoted herself to keeping our country safe and has fought for fiscal responsibility in Washington.
“As Michele, Marcus and their children head into the next chapter of their lives, I wish them all the best and thank Michele for her service in Congress.”
CREDO Super PAC's President Becky Bond’s Statement
"This is a victory not just for reason and decency in the fight against Tea Party extremism, but also for the power of grassroots democracy. Thanks to CREDO SuperPAC and others, Michele Bachmann won by only 4,000 votes in 2012. With volunteers in her district preparing for a massive neighbor-to-neighbor campaign to drive her out of office in an effort backed by $500,000 from CREDO SuperPAC, she was in too weak a position to ride out ethics investigations and expect to be able to sail to reelection. This proves that even seemingly invincible politicians can be defeated if there is a grassroots army ready to spring into action when the radical right's corrupt and hypocritical behavior is made evident."
Rep. Bachmann was the first target for CREDO Super PAC for the 2014 Election cycle and had pledged $500,000 to provide local grassroots volunteers with the resources they needed -- organizers, phones, volunteer offices and targeted voter lists -- to defeat her. CREDO Super PAC focuses on building data-driven field operations fueled by volunteers who phone bank and organize canvasses to spread the word about the homophobic and crazy political views of extremist Republicans in Congress. In the 2012 Election, CREDO Super PAC helped defeat 5 Tea Party Republicans in Congress -- including Florida's Allen West and Minnesota's Chip Cravaack -- and gave Rep. Bachmann the electoral scare of her life."
VOICES of Conservative Women Statement
Today, we learned that Congresswoman Bachmann will not be running for MN6 Congressional seat in 2014. VOICES of Conservative Women thanks Congresswoman Bachmann for her service to Minnesota and our Country.
Her strong voice regarding fiscal responsibility, limited government principles has been heard from sea to shining sea and has resonated in the hearts and minds of many.
“Congresswoman Bachmann is a leader. Congresswoman Bachmann never failed to make her voice heard on the issues she cared about and fought to defend. We thank her for her service and we are confident that she will still contribute to the national dialog on where our country will go in the future,” said VOICES of Conservative Women President Jennifer DeJournett. “Congresswoman Bachmann's light shines bright and we look forward to her continuing lighting the way towards a better tomorrow."
“VOICES of Conservative Women also thanks Congresswoman Bachmann for all she has done to help mentor and support the next generation of women leaders and standing strong each and every day,” said DeJournett.
Tea Party Express Statement
Tea Party Express’ Chief Strategist Sal Russo said, “We have been proud of Congresswoman Bachmann’s leadership in fighting for Tea Party values in Washington. She has served as a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and limited government. She played a crucial role in turning the Tea Party protest movement into a political action force that brought stunning change across America in 2010. Without her standing up for the Tea Party movement at the earliest time, we would not have enjoyed such a successful political effort.
“As a presidential candidate, Bachmann raised the Tea Party profile to new heights, and her contributions to the movement will be long standing. It is with great disappointment we learn she will not seek reelection to Congress in 2014. However, we know that her fight for liberty and free markets will not stop at the end of her term. We look forward to working with her as she continues her journey as an influential conservative leader,” Russo concluded.
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