Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) chose to use a pre-taped announcement posted to her website Wednesday, instead of a press conference, to deliver the bombshell that she would not seek reelection for a 5th term in 2014, thereby avoiding any questions from reporters.
The Washinton Post reports Bachmann also said there would be no interviews on Wednesday.
Bachmann, who started out her announcement with, “My good friends,” then went on to explain that after a lot of thought and deliberation she will not be seeking reelection, hinting that presidential term limits of eight years should be enough for anyone in Congress, even though she is only six months into her 4th term.
Bachmann was quick to point out, according to a report in the Washington Post, that her decision had nothing to do with any concerns about reelection or ethics charges still being investigated surrounding her failed presidential run in 2012.
Bachmann narrowly won her fourth term against Democrat hotelier Jim Graves, by a small margin of 4,300 votes.
Graves announced last month that he will seek the position again.
In addition, earlier this year a former Bachmann campaign aide, Peter Waldron, filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission that claimed her office made improper payments to an Iowa senator, who was the chairman of her election campaign.
Furthermore, a lawsuit against Bachmann is still pending after another aide alleged that someone on her campaign team stole a private list of home-school supporters for promotional use.
Bachmann has also been the target of multiple petitions, including change.org, moveon.org and People for the American Way, asking Speaker John Boehner to remove her from the Intelligence Committee.
Here is a blurb from the PFAW petition:
In service to ugly Islamophobic fear mongering, Rep. Michele Bachmann continues unabated in her unfounded and irresponsible attacks on dedicated public servants — a witch hunt that has targeted Huma Abedin, a key aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and now includes allegations that President Obama may be aiding the rise of global Sharia law. Conspiracy theories and religious McCarthyism should have no place in our government, especially in the House Intelligence Committee, on which Rep. Bachmann sits.
Descriptions of Bachmann’s conservative-value monologs have ranged from “edgy” to “bat-sh*t crazy”.
Bachmann and her husband have championed the “normalization of gays through desensitization”, by teaching lessons to young children at an early age.
The Huffington Post lists a few examples from the top ten of Bachmann’s Tea Party conservative values diatribes:
“There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists many have won Nobel prizes, who believe in intelligent design.”
“[gay marriagie] is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that.”
“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”
“The President of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day.”
According to a report in Roll Call, even Republicans have distanced themselves from the unfounded positions and unsubstantiated remarks by Bachmann over the years. Critics say the Tea Party philosophy has been part of the corrosive nature in Congress since President Obama was elected.
Many agree that one less messenger of paranoia and intolerance in Congress will be a good thing for the American people and for America.
Bachmann’s video can be seen here.