King’s Refusal to Endorse Spells Bad News For Bachmann
Iowa Rep. Steve King and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann have always been close.† He was one of the very few Republicans to endorse her for leadership when the new GOP majority took over, and Bachmann has been known to refer to King as “the King of Conservatism.”
So the news that King isn’t putting his support behind any GOP presidential candidate — not even Bachmann, is very bad news for her campaign.
According to Politico, when it comes to the endorsement, he’s not terribly convinced by any candidate. “I have extraordinary access to these candidates, and that makes me have a stronger responsibility, I think, to at least do an evaluation and make a recommendation. I donít expect my constituents to follow it. I think I owe them that. But I also need to come to a conviction, and I havenít done that.Ē
In fact, based on his evaluations, including the pros and cons of Perry, Bachmann doesn’t even seem to be on the radar.
Bachmann, who was once considered the Tea Party darling, is losing much of her support from that side of the party. Tea Party group American Majority is actively campaigning for her to leave the race, saying her campaign has become about her, not the movement.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that Michele Bachmann is about Michele Bachmann,” American Majority Executive Director Matt Robbins said...”Let’s face it: she’s a back-bencher and has been a back bencher congressperson for years,” Robbins added. “This is not a serious presidential campaign.”
Still, don’t expect Bachmann to drop out anytime soon.† After all, she has a book coming out soon.
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