Michele Bachmann Announces Retirement via YouTube
Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann won’t seek a fifth term in Congress next year, she announced in a YouTube video released early Wednesday.
“I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth Congressional term,” says Bachmann, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2007. She’s been on the House Intelligence Committee since 2011.
Bachmann, who made a failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination last year, later added the decision is not related to ongoing investigations of her campaign’s fundraising methods.
“This decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff,” she said.
Bachmann’s presidential campaign strategy relied on garnering Tea Party support. However, Tea Party conservatives never truly rallied behind Bachmann. Instead, they flirted with several other candidates — including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Herman Cain — before putting their energy behind former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum eventually lost the nomination to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who went on to lose the general election to Barack Obama.
Bachmann’s choice to announce her retirement from Congress via YouTube makes her the latest politician to sidestep the media in announcing a major decision directly to voters — just last week, Anthony Weiner officially announced his New York City mayoral campaign via YouTube.
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