November 10th, 2010
09:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Bachmann drops bid for GOP conference chair

(CNN) - Tea-Party favorite and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican conference chair Wednesday night, avoiding what could have been a divisive bid against Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the No. 3 spot in the House GOP leadership.

Rep. Bachmann, the chairwoman of the Tea Party caucus who had hoped to use her popularity in the influential movement to gain a leadership post, ultimately voiced her support for establishment-backed Hensarling Wednesday in a statement.

"Jeb Hensarling has my enthusiastic support for his candidacy to become Republican House Conference Chair," Bachmann said in a statement. "Jeb has demonstrated his commitment to limited government, reduced spending and lower taxes and he will be a strong voice for the Tea Party's call for these values."

Hensarling accepted the endorsement and praised Bachmann.

"Michele Bachmann is a committed movement conservative whose effective voice played an important role in America's decision to trust House Republicans once again," Hensarling said in a statement. "She is a dear friend, and I am humbled to earn her support. I look forward to her energetic leadership in a united House Republican Conference during the 112th Congress."

The House Republican Conference serves as the organizational body for all GOP House members, and is responsible for electing party leaders at the beginning of each Congress.

Bachmann and Hensarling have been jockeying for support within the party in recent days, though Hensarling seemed to garner more widespread support from his Republican colleagues. Prominent GOP leaders including House Minority Whip Rep, Eric Cantor of Virginia, and current conference chair, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence both endorsed Hensarling shortly after he announced his intention to seek the chairmanship last week.

One of the most outspoken critics of President Obama and the Democratic Party, Bachmann is a popular figure among the party's most faithful. But it remains unclear how much further her popularity extends beyond the most conservative wing of the GOP.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Evan Glass contributed to this report

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. realworld

    It was either that or admit that Obama's trip didn't cost $2 billion, and she chose the former.

    November 10, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. pkfops

    She's another Loon.

    November 10, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  3. Guest

    Bachmann is not qualified to do anything but trash talk!!!

    November 10, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    now theses jerks are complaining about the presidents asian trip . For get that he has secures 59,000 new jobs anver 10 billion in monies. the repos arwe still the party of NO

    November 10, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. dwayne

    Just about all the republicans keep making odd, stupid and scary statements. Where did GOP get these republicans? GOP Where are the JOBS?

    November 10, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. stevetall

    About time! Finally, a smart decision from one of the GOP's dimmest bulbs. Now, if the idiots in Minnesota would quit voting for this woman, we'd all be a lot better off!

    November 10, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. Peter s

    No leadership skills, loud mouthed, farm subsidy taker! if the media did its part this bragger should be looking for a new job!!

    November 11, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  8. OCD

    "Michele bachmann is a committed lunatic"

    November 11, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. Jik

    That's too bad. I was hoping Michele Bachmann would bring down the Republicans. I guess they aren't that stupid.

    November 11, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. Jeff Clemetson of San Diego

    In that photo, she's got the same crazy eyes as Pelosi.

    November 11, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  11. Pasta Fazooli

    Bachmann is a lunatic. Enough said.

    November 11, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  12. jim

    That woman is as crazy as a loon.

    November 11, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  13. Rock God

    She's a nutbag.

    November 11, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  14. GOP Taliban Victim

    She looks like more of witch than O'Donnell. Yes she appears to be in trance, Matthews had it right.

    November 11, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  15. JenkinsRG

    She must have finally found out the job didn't actually pay $200M a day...

    November 11, 2010 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  16. Tanbiker2

    Michelle is a dumb twit and quitter, just like Sarah Palin. Sad she got reelected, but she won't in 2012.

    November 11, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  17. sparky

    bachmann, odonnell, palin, brewer...
    at least the right still respects the value of a ged...

    November 11, 2010 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  18. Larry

    She knew she'd never win, or she would have stayed

    And losers like her ... hate losing

    Women like her and Palin are a disgrace, to the gains of progressive women all over the world

    November 11, 2010 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Rep. Bachmann is to be congratulated for realizing and accepting the fact that she is not the best person for this position.

    November 11, 2010 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  20. ramtruck2500

    Its getting interesting how all these republican women are being dropped by the wayside in favor of the repugs good ole boys. i wonder how Demint is controlling this stuff. Anyways now she can get back to wrecking whats left of Minnesota ya hey!

    November 11, 2010 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  21. Little Tommy

    This woman is a whack job!

    November 11, 2010 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  22. mike

    Baachmann was told to shut up or she will go to the waste side just like all the other republicans that have tried to oppose them
    in the past remember that this a dictatorship that is only run by a few and the rest are becks little puppets

    November 11, 2010 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  23. megan

    the gop men this that a woman is beneath them that why they would never vote your dump ass to lead anything. That why they hate Nancy they know that she is smarter than all of them.

    November 11, 2010 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  24. ellid

    Good. Bachmann is theocrat and a lunatic. The sooner the people of her district come to their senses and dump her, the better everyone will be.

    November 11, 2010 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  25. NJfinest2009

    This is the smartest thing I have ever seen her do. Good move Michelle!

    November 11, 2010 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
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