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Bachmann: As member of GOP leadership, I’d ‘unify the conference with the new Tea Party enthusiasm’

Republican Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who’s up against Jeb Hensarling of Texas for the GOP Conference chair in the House, said she’s running for the position because she thinks leadership should reflect Tuesday’s elections results.

“We’ve heard from the American people and I want to take the results of Tuesday’s election and let people all across the United States know that we get it. I think, quite frankly, that the new leadership going forward needs to reflect the result of last Tuesday’s election,” Bachmann said in a phone interview with The Daily Caller.

“The Tea Party is really made up of people who oppose the Obama, Reid, Pelosi election and many of them are apolitical and independent. I really believe that that voice needs and deserves to have a place at the table.”

Bachmann gave credence to current GOP House leadership, but discredited accusations against her “antics” as a reason for Republicans to oppose her.

“I think leadership does get it as far as the economic concerns of the American people, which have been leveled in this election,” she said. “I do believe leadership gets it, and again, I don’t give credence to unnamed sources. I’m very excited about what I’m seeing come out of House leadership.”

Bachmann on Monday sent the second letter of the last week to her Republican colleagues, following up on a request for support she circulated last Wednesday, the day after the election. In the letter sent Monday, which was obtained by TheDC, Bachmann said that she is running for conference chair “to ensure that all voices within the Republican Party are heard.”

“The American people must know that the message they sent Washington on Nov. 2 … will be given a full and fair hearing,” she wrote in the letter (click here to read the full letter).

In her interview with TheDC, Bachmann said she’s the link between the Tea Party movement, including its newly elected representatives, and current GOP leadership, and that’s why she is a better fit for the spot than Hensarling.

“I bring a new and fresh perspective. One thing I want to do as GOP Conference chair is, number one, unify the conference with the new Tea Party enthusiasm as well as with our existing conference, work to really gel our members together,” Bachmann told TheDC. “Second, I want to work more on effective communication. That’s really what conference is about, to effectively communicate the fact that we as conference get it.”

Bachmann cited her recent fundraising successes as another reason she should be chairwoman. She sees her ability to motivate the GOP and conservative voter base as key to keeping the new Tea Party representatives on track with what they’re aiming to do in Washington when they take office.

“I raised more money for the House of Representatives than any other candidate in the history of the United States,” she said. “I raised well over $13 million, and those donations averaged less than $45 apiece. What that says to me is that I have the confidence of people in our base and the people in our party and I think that that shows tremendous strength and credibility among the people.”

If Bachmann doesn’t get the spot, she said she wouldn’t fret over it. She plans to continue her Constitutional education classes with members of Congress, adding that she hopes to bring in the Supreme Court justices to teach members of Congress a lesson or two.

“Well, I’m a big girl and I think others members of Congress are big girls,” Bachmann said. “I’ll make my case and I fully trust the vote of the people I serve with. I’ll continue to give 100 percent of my effort to the people I serve out of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District so they continue to have a voice and bring leadership into the conference.”

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  • talibangelical

    Dear Tea Party,

    Just wanted to say thanks for driving us to the dance, but we are going to be going home with someone else. Hope that does not bother you.

    I really hope that we can remain friends and maybe in two years we can give it another chance to get together?

    Sincerely,
    The GOP

    • des1

      Yeah, not electing the most qualified person to a position is exactly what the Tea Party was asking for, huh?

      Nice try, dumb-ass.

      • talibangelical

        You know, with the name calling and cyber-stalking, I am starting to think you don’t like me Des1? Which is a bummer, because I can tell from your photo that you are a rocking dude.

        Really, you shouldn’t be made at me — Bachman is a chronic liar (millions of people at the Beck rally!), but there are lots of TP folks on this site darn mad that she might get passed over. I think your beef is with them.

  • senatormark4

    I love it when UNnamed aides bash a Congresswoman as not being able to gather the support needed to hold a senior leadership position. Are these the staff types the freshman class is going to be assigned. COWARDS. And..when are you going to stop writing stories with anonymous sources. You are MSM-ing yourself. After having raised the largest amount of money for Republican Congressional candidates…in history (?)…a no-name laggard deserves the post? Really? WAKE UP, AMERICA! The Doopid Party is doing it again.

  • Supernatural Witness

    It’s the headline that gets me. Isn’t it a bit of a Freudian implication that Bachmann is Darwin’s missing link? And by extension, TEA party boobs are Neanderthals? Yesterday, it was Bachmann putting on makeup because she is no leader– just some bimbo goin clubbin.

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  • libertyatstake

    Memo to GOP caucus members: you know she’s earned it.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

    • des1

      I’m so tired of politicians being given positions they’re not good at because they “earned” it. If this guy would be better at the job than her (and he has the right policy positions to run it the way the voters want), then he should get it.

      There are a lot of people around here sounding like their own version of establishment Republicans. They are deciding who should get what based on their emotional response, and don’t want to let the facts get in the way. I’m also reading threats from people who’ve deluded themselves into believing that they can speak for the Tea Party. Bachmann is a nice woman who seems to want to give a voice to the Tea Party. That’s great, but it doesn’t mean she is qualified to run committees. The most qualified person should get the gig. Otherwise we sound like Democrats (who give important chairmanships to whoever has been a loyal Dem or can help other Dems raise money).

      • libertyatstake

        (a) Bachmann is plenty capable, and (b) Bachmann went to the rallies before it was cool. She was always the closest thing the TEA Party had to a spokesperson inside the Capitol dome, from the word ‘go’. I say again, she earned it.

        http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
        “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • Sonny119

    If the Republican Establishment Leaders, like Boehner and Cantor, do not give Michelle Bachmann, a, if not the, Prestigious Chairmanship, in the New Republican Congress, they will do so not only at their peril. but then we, the American Tea Party Patriots, WILL Campaign against these very People next election, and we will have our retribution on them, period.!!!
    Anyone who denies the impact that Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Sen. Jim DeMint, and the Tea Party Movement Folks, had on this Mid-Term Election to take the back Congress, is Delusional.!!
    The Tea Party Folks / American People, is “THE” Political Power Force in America, that will counter, and will push back, the radical far leftwing Liberal, George Soros Funded, Obamacrat Political Corrupt Machinery, and Agenda of Obama, and who will put and end to Obama, and Obamacare, once and for all, on 6 Nov. 2012.!!
    Round 2 started on 3 Nov. The 2012 Presidential campaign has officially started, and if you think the Obamacrats, as well as the Republicans, were scared, when they got Booted out of office / power, on 2 Nov., they, haven’t seen nothing yet, as they will be absolutely terrified of the American Tea Party Folks, and the Independents, as we will go against all of them, and all of their Corrupt Liberal Facist George Soros Funding, and their Corrupt Facist Liberal Socialist Marxist Obamacrat’s, in Power to end their Careers of Corruption and Destruction, forever.!!!!
    Make No Mistake about it, 6 Nov. 2012, will be the Battle Royal, of all Political Battles, for the Return of the very Heart and Soul of the Nation’s Freedom, Liberty, and Democracy itself, from Obama, and all his Corrupt Obamacrat Cronies, in Washington DC, as this will be Obama’s Last Stand..!!!!!
    In the words of Patrick Henry, We have only just begun to Fight.!!!!

    • libertyatstake

      Uhhhhh, it was John Paul Jones. Just correcting the record. There is also a pretty good bass player who goes by that name.

      http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

      • des1

        Correction, a great bass player.

  • flips

    Bachmann is the Snooki of Conservative politics.

    She’s got my vote.

    • The_anniebanannie

      C’mon, flips…give it up. You lost—BIG TIME!!! Your stupid, ridiculous, bold-faced lies about conservatives were beaten to a pulp last Tuesday. You screwed the pooch. hahah..and you still don’t have the common sense to go someplace and lick your wounds. “Too dumb to learn” — that’s your motto!!!

    • southernandproud

      We know, we get it already. You have a pea brain!

    • des1

      I wasn’t aware that Snooki raised 23 foster children.

      Thanks for confirming (as usual) that Liberals HATE women. The first time one doesn’t voice the opinion you’ve decided she should have, you compare her to an ignorant slut.

      Kudos for keeping up the Liberal tradition.

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