2014 SEAT: Bachmann Won’t Seek Re-election
US Representative and former presidential candidate, Michele Bachmann has announced her future plans.
Bachmann announced in a video posted to her campaign website early Wednesday morning that she will not seek re-election in 2014.
She says it came after a great deal of thought and deliberation and had nothing to do with her chances of being reelected.
She was narrowly re-elected to her Minnesota seat in 2012, a seat she has held since 2007.
Bachmann also said it had nothing to do with an ethics investigation now underway into an Iowa state senator who was a former campaign worker.
Former staffers accuse Kent Sorenson of accepting payments for his work with the campaign, which is against senate ethics rules.
Sorenson is also accused of illegally taking a database of homeschooling contacts for the campaign. That lawsuit was brought about by a former campaign aide from Johnston, Barb Heki.
The trial, Heki v. Bachmann, was announced Wednesday morning and will start May 14th, 2014 reports the Des Moines Register.
In the video, Rep. Bachmann said, “This decision is not impacted in anyway in the recent inquiries in to the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff.
“It was clearly understood the compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign. I have no reason to believe that was not the case.”
Sorenson denies all those charges.
Representative Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll back in 2011. She then finished a distant sixth in the Iowa caucuses just five months later.
Bachmann made the announcement from Russia where she is joined by Rep. King on a fact finding mission related to the Boston bombings.