Michelle Bachmann Considering Run For GOP Leadership Spot
Tea Party favorite, and MSNBC lightning rod, Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota looks ready to throw her hat into the ring for a leadership position in the next Congress:
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) received encouragement by more than a dozen House GOP colleagues Tuesday to seek a leadership position next year.
Bachmann might possibly run for the position of chairman of the House Republican Conference, among other new positions that might become available if the GOP wins back a majority of seats in the House.
“The congresswoman’s been encouraged by several members, and she’s definitely keeping all doors open,” Bachmann spokesman Sergio Gor said.
Other talked-about candidates for the whip and conference position include Reps. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.).
Bachmann might have a leg up in her leadership bid due to the 52-member Tea Party caucus she helped form earlier this year, which featured conservative House members looking to align themselves with the grassroots movement.
Bachmann has been a controversial figures in some circles due largely to statements on her part that sound, well, just a little bit kooky. Whether her ties to the Tea Party will be enough to overcome that and vault her into a leadership role is likely to be the first post-election test of the Tea Party