Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run for re-election

Author:

Controversial Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party leader Michele Bachmann on Wednesday said she will not seek a fifth term next year.

In an early-morning video announcement (watch below), the outspoken Republican lawmaker said she plans to finish out her term, but will not seek re-election.

"My dear friends, after a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year that I will not seek a fifth congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the Sixth District of Minnesota," Bachmann said in the video. "I've never considered holding public office to be an occupation."

The high-profile congresswoman said her decision had nothing to do with recent inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign, nor did it have anything to do with her chances of re-election next year.

Bachmann won re-election in 2012 by a slim margin, defeating Democrat Jim Graves. Graves last month announced he would challenge Bachmann again in 2014.

"I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year," she said in the video.

Graves on Wednesday morning said he was surprised by the announcement, MPR reported. "But clearly, she got the same message that we're getting up when we're up in the district, is that that people are looking for change, and she didn't see a pathway to victory, apparently, and decided to step aside," Graves said, MPR reported.

In Bachmann's video, the conservative firebrand reveals she considered not running last election but felt there was little time for another Republican to mount an effective campaign.

Bachmann was among the very top fundraisers in the House. First-quarter reports filed in April showed Bachmann raised nearly $680,000, bringing her war chest for the 2014 campaign close to $1.9 million. USA Today reported only three members of the House – including the speaker and majority leader – raised more than Bachmann.

Bachmann had offered little evidence that she was considering quitting Congress, the Pioneer Press notes. Her fundraising operation was still seeking the small-dollar donations that had helped fuel Bachmann campaigns in the past, and she had an ad running on Twin Cities television that is critical of President Obama's health care law, the newspaper reports.

The Wednesday announcement will set off a political scramble in the conservative Sixth Congressional District, the Star Tribune notes.

Bachmann spends part of the nearly 9-minute video railing against the Obama administration, specifically Obamacare, the administration's handling of the attack on Benghazi, and economic policies that she says make her more concerned than she's ever been about the future of the country.

"Looking forward, after the completion of my term, my future is full, it is limitless, and my passions for America will remain," Bachmann said in the slickly produced video with inspirational background music.

A Bachmann spokesman said she would not do interviews Wednesday.

Here's her announcement:

Next Up

West St Paul, Minnesota - August 2018

Female shot in parking lot of Twin Cities Menards store

The incident happened at the same Menards where a robbery happened in September.

Image from iOS

1 injured, 1 in custody following shooting, police chase in Hopkins

The suspect was arrested following a police pursuit Sunday afternoon.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins surprises Viking fan van on Minnesota highway

Cousins's new aggressiveness has pulled into the fast lane.

Joel Eriksson Ek

Another Wild rally falls short against Lightning

The Wild scored two goals with the extra attacker but couldn't beat the two-time defending champs.

police tape, crime scene

2 shootings in Brooklyn Park under investigation

Both incidents remain under investigation.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson erupts to lead Vikings over Packers

Greg Joseph's game-winner helped the Vikings get back to .500.

Duluth fire department, fire engine, fire truck

Officials investigating Duluth apartment fire that displaced 10 people

The fire broke out Friday night on the 600 block of East 4th Street.

Car break-in, smashed window, car theft

Orono police alert residents after series of 'smash and grab' robberies

The thieves are targeting cars and stealing valuables left inside.

Adam Thielen

Vikings vs. Packers: 5 things you can count on

Can the Vikings win a pivotal divisional battle?

FEtiw7MXEAAr_Ig

Man killed in shooting outside apartment building in St. Paul

Shots fired were reported to police around 11:30 p.m.

Anthony Edwards

Ant sets the tone, Timberwolves dominate Grizzlies

The Wolves have won four of their past six games.

Related

Bachmann says she'll run for re-election

In an interview with the Associated Press, Michele Bachmann said she would seek a fourth term in the U.S. House. The AP says she'll be a formidable candidate though it's unclear how redistricting could affect the race.

Bachmann files for re-election

Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann officially launched her re-election bid Monday for a fourth term representing Minnesota's 6th District. She will face DFL challenger Jim Graves, a luxury hotel owner, in November

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor defends Michele Bachmann

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was relatively silent on CBS's "This Morning" when asked whether Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was "out of line" regarding her Muslim Brotherhood accusations. Cantor said, "I think that her concern was about the security of the country. So that's all I know." A number of Bachmann's colleagues, including House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. John McCain have criticized her claims.