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. Edna

    What an idiot!!!!

    July 16, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. kali4niadazed

    Dig a hole an crawl in it...Pubs are all Tea Party, go bag someone..

    July 16, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. R

    Dominican mama 4 Obama July 16th, 2010 4:16 pm ET said:

    "What? Out of all of those so-called highly intelligent, college and beyond educated, teeming masses of good-willed, love-thy-neighbor 'Mericuns...not ONE of the could write? Say it isn't so?!"

    Some advice; proofread your own comments before submitting them. After reading your post, you don't sound any more intelligent than the people you are putting down.

    July 16, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. gino

    I love the stupid contest: MIchelle or Sarah? Let's vote like American Idol.

    July 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. John

    I'm from Minnesota and this person is a total ass-wipe. If the people in her district put her back in office it will just solidify the notion that incest is alive and flourishing in her district. Nobody can be that stupid if they ever went to school. Remember the movie, Deliverance.

    July 16, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Paylinn

    Oh my this lunatic in the news again. Who voted for her? I want to make sure I never visit that town – ever.

    July 16, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. bettie

    I'm from Minnesota. And what all you people need to realize about Michele Bachmann is that she's certifiable.

    Her Sixth District constituency has finally caught on to that and she probably won't be reelected in November. So this who article is moot.

    July 16, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Laverne

    I hope and pray the dem candidate kicks her butt. It would be some of the best news of the century! Michelle Bachman is a fear mongering, sorry excuse for congresswoman and need to be stopped immediately!

    July 16, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    Norma, you're absolutely right. They've reached the pinnacle of stupidity, yet I have a vague notion that there's an even higher pinnacle which they will climb. Every time either one of those individuals speak, they showcase even greater stupidity.

    To TTBALA – I honestly don't know if there's a word in the English language that can truly describe the utter lunacy and stupidity of these women. This may be a case where we have to make up a word or join several words to create a new category of dimwittedness.

    July 16, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. mzrose58

    All people on the left should form a New Party. The Party of Intellect.

    July 16, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. QOTU

    A Palin Bachmann ticket would be the dream team, for democrats. Once Bachmann starts her run, all the stuff she's done and what she represents would come to life and you'd get an idea of what hell on earth looks like.

    July 16, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. GOD HELP US ALL!

    Well another attempt to turn this nation into a all white nation. I for one am glad that the TEA BAGGERS think they can win in 2012, this just gives the Democrats a lead already. Bachmann, Palin, Paul, Steel, Angle and all the other Tea Baggers are in a world of disappointment, or forgot Jindal (Paiush not Bobby). Who is mor stupid, DEAD HEAT!

    July 16, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    She and paul and the quitter of AK should get together and take a long walk off a short pier.
    You want to know what the teabaggers are all about? This woman called for a revolution during a teabagging gathering in DC. This is the woman that people in MN should get rid of next election.
    BTW – isn't she a rethug? What is she doing with the racist bigots of the teabagging "party" (for those who really think these people are anything).

    July 16, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Are you lefties that scared of Bachman or Palin that you have to reduce yourselves to constantly calling names? The tea party whether you agree or not has a right to caucus and has a right to exist and has a right to back anyone they wish! Your continued name calling reveals such a deep seeded fear that would make Freud proud!

    July 16, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    @American Patriot – 50% each since we can't vote 100% for these two bimbos.

    July 16, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Billy, NYC

    Please! Someone stop Bachmann! This woman is an idiot.

    July 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. dodsoal

    "To TTBALA – I honestly don't know if there's a word in the English language that can truly describe the utter lunacy and stupidity of these women. This may be a case where we have to make up a word or join several words to create a new category of dimwittedness."

    Unfortunately, Mad Cow Disease is already taken.

    July 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Florida Joe

    With her & Palin a new TV show for the fall could be "American's Dot Dummies"

    July 16, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. fideauxdon

    It's hard to identify anyone as dumber than Sarah Palin, but this woman is dumber, meaner, and more radical.

    July 16, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Dar

    WOW You Dems are fired up now, most of you are typing so fast yose cant even spelt you wurds right.

    And were supposed to listen to you freaks.......................get a life.

    July 16, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Robert Warner

    American Patriot – Who is more stupid, Palin or Bachmann? --------–I say Palin only because Bachman is just off her nut.

    July 16, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    "Tea Party Caucus" waiting to greet them.

    Translation: The republiklans will have a Klan rally in the parking lot to make you feel at home.

    Party down and be sure to invite "step and fetch it" Steele, after all, "he da man".

    July 16, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. Tracy

    Republicans are just " Stuck On Stupid". The short bus has stopped and they can't get off, as they are too afraid of change.

    July 16, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Independent_me

    Great –
    A bunch of racist extremist given legitimacy by Michele Bachman and Republicans who are too scared of Rush Limbaugh to stand up and do the right thing...

    Just what the country needs...

    Why do Republicans hate America so much???

    They are only interested in dividing the country. The Bible says "A house divided against itself cannot stand"

    They are doing a good job of destroying America. Bush started it, and they are continuing in his footsteps...

    July 16, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. vegage

    This woman just spits venom.

    July 16, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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