Tea Party Caucus membership declines under Queen Bachmann
Bachmann leads a shrinking Tea Party Caucus.
So much for a movement sweeping through the halls of Congress: Since Michele Bachmann founded the House Tea Party Caucus last summer and declared herself Receptacle in Chief, it has actually lost members.
The Hill reports that the caucus now has 50 members -- all Republicans -- which is fewer than the 52 who were members in the 111th Congress.
None of them are from Minnesota.
Maybe they all watched Bachmann's embarrassing Tea Party response to Barack Obama's State of the Union speech and thought, wow, we're following her?
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The caucus met for the first time this session yesterday, and only 30 members showed up -- 11 of them freshmen: Reps. Sandy Adams (Fla.), Tim Huelskamp (Kansas), Stephen Fincher (Tenn.), Vicky Hartzler (Mo.), Mick Mulvaney (S.C.), Dennis Ross (Fla.), Marlin Stutzman (Ind.), Tim Walberg (Mich.), Rich Nugent (Fla.), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and Allen West (Fla.).
Three other Republicans who joined the caucus last year have yet to drink the tea this year, claiming scheduling and time management issues: Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Cynthia Lummis (Wy.).
They've got better things to do, apparently.
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