July 16th, 2010
04:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Bachmann files paperwork for Tea Party Caucus

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/11/art.bachmann0121.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Michele Bachmann has filed paperwork to start a Tea Party Caucus."](CNN) – The 2010 midterms will offer Tea Party activists their first chance to elect their preferred candidates to national office. But once those candidates get to Washington, there might already be a "Tea Party Caucus" waiting to greet them.

That's because a Tea Party favorite, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, has filed paperwork to start such a caucus in the House.

In a letter dated July 15 and sent to Rep. Robert Brady, the Democratic chairman of the House Administration Committee, Bachmann asked to register the group for the 111th Congress.

Bachmann writes: "I would like to register the House Tea Party Caucus as a Congressional Member Organization for the 111th Congress. The House Tea Party Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to promote Americans' call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government."

In her letter, Bachmann named herself as chair of the caucus.

"The American people are speaking out loud and clear," Bachmann said in a separate statement. "They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold."

Bachmann isn't the only Tea Party-backed Republican who is keen on the idea.

Earlier this week, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul told the National Review that if elected, he hopes to band together with like-minded conservatives to form what he called a "Tea Party Caucus" in the upper chamber that will advocate for small government ideals.

"I think I will be part of a nucleus with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who are unafraid to stand up," Paul said. "If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus."

UPDATE: In a letter sent Friday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Bachmann petitioned the Democratic leader for her support.

"In conversations my staff had with the Committee, some concerns were voiced that this caucus may face roadblocks due to the perceived political nature of the label 'Tea Party,'" Bachmann said.

"As Members of Congress, we have an obligation to represent the views of our constituents, and this Caucus would do nothing more than promote the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold."

- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report

soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. mabel floyd

    the crazies are out like bugs to the light–the main protection we have for our country is the separation of church and state. we need to protect that principle because as long as these nut cases are out it is in jeopardy. they are the party of do nothing and blame the dems . they have had pushed us into 4 wars-we still have to pay for the last two wars the repubs instigated. tax cuts for the rich. obama has already cut taxes for the middle class , but that does not count with the crazies–they are for tax cuts for the rich so they can further put us in debt and blame the dems–cut the military budget–no–i worked for the gov–we can support the troops–cut out the halaburton waste–cut the bloat–watch the whinning
    to american patriot on palin/bachmann–it's a tie!!

    July 16, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. mike d

    Firstly – surely a Tea Party caucus splits the GOP even further. There are, believe it or not, moderate republicans, although they've been keeping themselves to themselves recently. If the caucus takes a stand against the GOP leadership, all hell is going to break loose.
    Secondly – could you please stop telling me what I've had enough of? I assure you I will let you know in a few months.

    July 16, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Tracy

    I know ther are some good educated white people out there. Can we get you all to come to the front of the line please.

    July 16, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Pa Santigie

    I honestly the state of MN can do better. Sadly this lady and Palin are not as clueless as they seem, they just know how to play to the dumb mushroom people out there.

    July 16, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    This woman's stupidity is truly astounding. Hey Michele, stop me if you've heard this before, but our young men and women are dying overseas in two senseless, endless wars. There are thousands of gallons of crude polluting our shores. Our unemployment rate is drastically high. Our job market sucks. We've made some strides on health care and financial reform, but they're not where they should be. We have to reform our energy policy, our immigration policy, our education system and our infrastructure. Care to help out? Oh, what. I'm sorry, I forgot; you're too busy forming your little treehouse club with your buddies. Are you going to have a secret password to get in? Will there be a "NO BOYZ ALLOWD" sign on the door? Yeah, sorry I bothered you... I seriously cannot believe that people actually voted for this lunatic.

    July 16, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Lisa B

    Whatever, Michelle. You are going to be escorted to the door in the next election, anyway. Minnesotans are tired of being embarrassed by you.

    July 16, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ R.... Who requested I proof read my own statement etc.

    Done. Which leaves me wondering several things: Did MY sarcasm NOT agree with you? Did you need a dictionary to read my post? Or perhaps I hit a nerve?

    July 16, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Tracy July 16th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

    I know ther are some good educated white people out there. Can we get you all to come to the front of the line please.
    Substitute "Black" for "white" and the writer would be quickly labeled a racist. Is not the reverse (your blog as it was written) equally racist? Fair is fair, right?

    July 16, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. lolo

    For you tea partiers what we fear is that you people are really nuts. We fear that you are not ready to move forward for a brighter future for America. Also we fear how you are so gullible. Go overseas and get your jobs where Bush and Cheney sent them to line their pockets. See if you are not up with the times you will be left behind. There are no more mills and factory jobs, they are gone. Instead of you complaining about everything you need to try and pick up a book to learn a new trade, because you are going to need it.

    July 16, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Amunaka

    The sad thing is there are some out there that actually believe in her nonsense....now that is what is scary and sad..just when you thought the cons couldn't get any more bizarre ..they outdo themselves at every turn with a never ending freak show of the totally bizarre and macabre personalities ....

    July 16, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Leah

    There should be NO Tea Party Caucus in Congress.
    There isn't even an official Tea Party.
    There are no members in Congress that are registered TeaParty'ers.
    All members of the current Congress are either Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.
    Taxpayer money should NOT be used for Bachmann and her loonies to hold meetings. Let them meet somewhere else and they can pay for their own lights, a/c, etc.

    July 16, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Free thinker

    Palin & Bachman. The wicked Witches. The two combined do not have the mental capacity of a half wit. Please run on the ticket together. It will be a landslide in 2012 for the Democrats.

    July 16, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Len Smith

    Yeah, just what we need. This Bachmann is one crazy person and of course a republican who wants our government to fail. The party of NO, NO, NO and another stupid person to help them along. Between her and Palin, I am not sure who ranks at the bottom. Probably Bachmann, because Palin has an awful lot of Americans to pay for her to get rich.

    July 16, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. GOP Thinks YOU'RE STUPID

    The Republican Party thinks YOU are stupid.

    The other day a Washington D.C.-based GOP operative admitted:

    "This bill, in the minds of most Americans, is just a big amoeba," said John Feehery, a Washington-based GOP strategist. "Because this bill is so complicated, it makes it easier for Republicans to oppose it, and by opposing it, call it a job killer."

    Hmmm... "It's a complicated bill...

    ...so it's easier to "CALL" it a job killer.

    Are you gonna fall for that? Are you stupid?

    Didn't think so.

    Don't vote for ANY Republicans. They will just try to pull one over on you every. single. time.

    July 16, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    This is great. After Williams' racist rant, these GOPer morons should be dropping the Teatards like hot turds, but they're just continuing to ramp up the stupid.

    "Now there's two women that get the folks on the left panties in a wad....Bachmann and Palin."

    Oh, it's more than that, pal. Angle, Coulter, Fiorina, Whitman, Brewer, Buchanan, etc. I'll fully admit to them all wadding my panties...they're all opportunist ideologue nutjobs...but at least us crazy liberals aren't Angry words > urine.

    July 16, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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