In last night's Republican debate, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced that she has filed paperwork and is now officially running for president in 2012.
While none of this is a surprise, it means that while she's making a break for the White House, she's not running for re-election in Minnesota. The Facebook announcement of her presidential candidacy confirmed as much.[jump]
Bachmann announced that she'd filed the paperwork on Monday in the debate, in a YouTube clip and on Facebook. The final line of the Facebook post reads, "With the filing, Rep. Bachmann suspended her Congressional campaign and is no longer actively seeking re-election in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District."
That doesn't necessarily mean we've gotten rid of her. She has until June 5, 2012, to suss out her prospects. If the presidential waters aren't as warm as she'd like, she can drop the presidential bid and come crawling back to her congressional campaign.
This does have some odd ramifications for her one-time 6th-district opponent Tarryl Clark. In early May, Clark announced that she and her husband bought on a condo in Duluth so she could run for the 8th district seat against first-termer and Tea Party-fave Chip Cravaack in 2012. Redistricting monkeyed up those plans when it placed Clark's new address in the same district as fellow Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson. Those new maps are being challenged, but in light of the announcement from Bachmann, it seems Clark might have been better off staying put.
Meanwhile, local Bachmann-bashers are left to decide: What's worse? A fourth Bachmann term or living in a country that would take her seriously as a presidential candidate?
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