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Bachmann Drops Bid For Chair Of Republican Conference, Endorses Hensarling

November 16, 2010 by  

Bachmann drops bid for chair of Republican Conference, endorses HensarlingA potential rift within the Republican Party has likely been avoided as Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has dropped her bid to become the chairman of the Republican Conference.

According to media reports, Bachmann, who is a popular figure among Tea Party supporters, ended her campaign for the post on Nov. 10 and pledged her support for Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). Her announcement means that Republicans will dodge an internal election for the No. 4 position in the House hierarchy that could have alienated some Tea Party activists if Bachmann had been defeated.

Her decision is similar to the one made by Tea Party-backed Representative Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who opted not to challenge Represenatative Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Majority Whip, the No. 3 slot in the leadership structure.

Bachmann said that her endorsement of Hensarling will not stop her from advocating for the Tea Party movement.

"I look forward to continuing my consistent support of the Tea Party," said Bachmann, quoted by The Wall Street Journal. “I plan to advance the Tea Party ideals through their listening arm, the Tea Party Caucus. It is my wish to bring new faces to the caucus, including freshmen members."

Bachmann's announcement came shortly after the chairman of, a portal for conservatives and Tea Party supporters, launched a petition drive to urge House Republican leaders not to intervene in Bachmann's bid. In a letter to activists, Richard Viguerie said that Bachmann and Hensarling both deserved an equal shot at chairing the House Republican Conference because they are both small-government, constitutional conservatives. 

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  • David Magdalin

    Well, here’s one tea party supporter who is starting to see that our “heroes” are sell-outs, just like the Republicans who have sold their souls to the corporations. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. I fear for our movement and its dubious relationship to the Republican Party. It might be time to start a third party!

    • traccan


      What was your first clue? It’s not so much that they’re turncoats, they had no chance! The GOP isn’t going to let these rookie, extremist nut-jobs come in and become heads of important committees! Do you think they really want to send the nation even further into the crapper? (Admittedly, it sometimes seems that’s exactly what they want…but I think it’s just stupidity and incompetence rather than just plain evil. Just plain evil left office with Dick “Darth Vader” Cheney.

  • Milt

    David – the session has not begun yet. Let’s see how these newly elected/appointed leaders conduct themselves. The Tea Party still is the deciding factor in elections and will remain so in or out of office.

  • jopa

    She backed out because she doesn’t want her name attached to any cost cutting bills that may be unpopular and lose her votes.Business as usual.

    • traccan

      Good point. It’s clear she’s just a blatant career ladder-climber and has 0 interest in anything other than her relection.


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