Michele Bachmann won’t seek re-election

I don’t know what to make of this.

WASHINGTON — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.

Bachmann, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, announced her decision in a video on her website.

“My decision was not influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected,” Bachmann said. She narrowly won a fourth term in 2012 over Democrat Jim Graves, a hotel chain founder who is running again in 2014…

Graves said he thought Bachmann had “read the tea leaves.”

This is somewhat of a surprise. There have been rumors that she’s considering a run against Al Franken, but I don’t see her winning a statewide race in Minnesota. There are reports of several investigations involving the finances of her ill-conceived 2012 presidential run which may have been a factor in her decision, although she claims not. Still, she probably would have won re-election to her Congressional District had she run, regardless of Graves’ musings. She won (barely, to be sure) in 2012 with Obama at the top of the ticket, but should have had an easier time in 2014 without Obama’s campaign machine driving up Democrat turnout. Moreover, she’d have an increasingly unpopular Obamacare to run against. And let’s not forget about Obama’s scandals which may further depress Democrat turnout. Maybe there’s another shoe about to drop? Who knows.


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