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. T

    This is a damn shame…….. where was the Tea party when BUSH was in office ? All of this madness happen when Mr. Obama was elected . Which is telling me and others its all about the color. They can’t not handle a Black man in charge of this beautiful country. What a shame……..this madness must STOP come on People let them know that we are not going back in history, we are making history and moving forward. The President is doing a good job, he has done more in 16 months than Bush did in 8 years. Where was the TEA party when BUSH was Fu#king the American People. They are evil, they promote hate and that woman Michele Bachmann need to be on meds. She is crazy/ text book crazy. People lets continue to move forward make this country the greatest, and not by the evil that larks around the corner.
    Bachmann get a live…..

    July 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. norma

    Rand, "I think Jim, Tom and either Mike or Sharron will be in my caucus."

    Michelle, "Wait, what about meeeeeee. Quick, I'm gonna file for a caucus. That way they have to include me."

    July 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    I look at it this way, we have a Black caucus and a Latino caucus. What's another caucus? Unless you don't like caucuses. Funny word though as it is a little too close to circus or car-kiss (you know, the body of a dead animal)! (mispelling is intentional BTW).

    July 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. markus

    Racist pigs come to Washington DC!

    Bachmann's divisive, hateful games can only go so far. She's pushing it...

    July 16, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. David in Dallas

    Isn't she smart enough to know that she is supposed to caucus with the Republicans?

    July 16, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. proud dem in nc

    Wishful thinking on her part.!!! Dream on Bachman. The Tea Bag bigots are scary people. Obama 2012!!!!

    July 16, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Leah

    It's time for the guys in white uniforms to go collect the crazy republicans: Sarah 'SCrude' Palin (AK), Michele Bachmann (MN), Orly Taitz (CA), Sue 'Chicken Lady' Lowden (NV), Victoria Jackson, Virginia Foxx, Ann Coulter, Jan Brewer (AZ), Sharron Angle (NV), Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark 'Appalachia' Sanford (SC), Rand Paul (KY)
    and put them all in a PADDED room after giving them their medication!

    July 16, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Papasan in AZ

    Another inbreed hill billie that thinks she is Queen...

    July 16, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Laurien

    Honestly, who keeps voting for this woman? I can't decide whether she's more insane or more stupid. She even too crazy to be a Republican, so it's best that she stick with her KKK revival and start a Tea Party caucus. The framers would be mortified of who we elect to office. I can't imagine the look on Thomas Jefferson or John Adams' faces if they were to come back and meet people like this congresswoman.

    July 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. billybob 'n NC

    "Alice in Wonderland!"

    July 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. TTBALA

    I say there should be a new word to discribe Palin and Bachmann STUPID is too nice a word for these two bozos, I am amazed, I really did not think that the republican party has come to this, they used to have principals, what happened to them that they started electing the likes of Palin and Bashman, Minnesota what is wrong with you, you are supposed to be smart we know in Alaska all the repubs have frozen braines therefore they produces Palin, but Bachmann, is this womas proud of herself, and since when she is speaking in the name of the American people, who are these tea partiers, where was their voice when Bush was spending like crazy, just because now we have a BLACK President they are talking, Bachman you and your tea party racist go and crawl under a rock, nobody wants to see your faces or hear your voices.

    July 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Djinn

    Never thought I would say it, but Bachmann is dumber than Brewer. On the same level as Palin, and maybe smarter than Angle. Together, a combined IQ would not be a warm day in Minnesota. Why are these people actually getting any ANY votes. Are there actually Americans who are so stupid or easily moved by strategic lying? Please MAKE your kids learn something in school or they will all be Texans...or worse, Arizonans.

    July 16, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. GL

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

    This can not be so that the Republican party have nothing but whackos in their party.

    July 16, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Why doesn't she just do the job she's being paid by ALL of the tax payers to do instead of trying to start her own separate little group of elitists withing the US CONGRESS!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. GL

    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."

    Keep Dreaming this will never happen. Sharron Angle will be the first tea bagger to lose and right after Paul.

    July 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. norma

    Oh, American Patriot, you know the answer....it's a tie! Once one reaches the summit of stupidity, all are equal.

    July 16, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    I will give the Randroid credit for one thing: he said "nucleus" instead of "nukulus" like the Bushtard would've.

    July 16, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    So you've got the House of Representatives where states are represented in proportion to their population size. And you've got the Senate where each state has 2 representatives regardless of size. The House generally passes more progressive versions of any given legislation. When it gets to the Senate, however, the progressiveness is taken out so that it will pass. So basically, we are being held back from progress by a bunch of sparsely populated hick states. We're doomed. Have a nice day!

    July 16, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Get A Grip

    Sure enjoyed reading some of the comments from the left. Now there's two women that get the folks on the left panties in a wad....Bachmann and Palin. Oh, the visual I get thinking of these left loons typing away. Priceless!!

    July 16, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Tired-of-the-Tea-Party

    Does Congress really need another Lily-White caucus to take time away from their real job – hey Michele – start working for your paycheck ... or better yet – resign and we can apply it to the national debt that your mentor King George left us with ...

    July 16, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Matt

    The Republican party should actually be rejoicing when it comes to the Tea Party movement. It is purging the absolute worst of the worst from their ranks. That's not to say that what's left over will be very good, but there might be a few left with some marbles still rolling around upstairs.

    July 16, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Sande

    As long as she's not doing this on the taxpayers dime, I personally don't care.

    This woman has attached herself to Sarah Palin...........the Shirley & Laverne tag team.

    July 16, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Mark

    Apparently Congresswoman Bauchmann doesn't read history. Every time there has been a third party (or caucus, if you will), it siphons crucial votes from the mainstream parties, and leads to victory for one or the other. In this case, siphoning votes from conservative members who would otherwise strengthen the GOP would ensure that the Democrats, with a stronger base, win greater majorities.

    July 16, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Enrique

    This is a joke. How is it that this crazy and hypocritcal woman gets elected? I have heard nothing but outright lies and vile come out of her mouth. What kind of solutions or policies has she ever proposed?? It's time to get serious Congresswoman Bachmann,

    July 16, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Carmelle

    Why weren't you doing this at all before?

    Did Bachman vote for Bush policies?

    Weren't the Tea Party against Bush policies?

    The tea party is showing their true colors when they claim to be fiscal conservatism, small government and constitution, and then turn around and defend or take orders from those who voted against those exact same things.

    That is why we know it's not about policies. That's just a cover. It's about race. Unless you break from everything that has been tried for at least the passed 10 yrs....you are not credible. What's so hard to understand?

    July 16, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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