Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Michele Bachmann Forms Tea Party Caucus

Michele Bachmann has started a Tea Party caucus in the US House. Bachmann says:

“No, I don’t see it that way,” Bachmann, of Minnesota, told The Daily Caller when asked if she envisioned the caucus offering a conservative counterpoint to the GOP establishment. “I think it’s really just complementary. … Usually the purposes of the caucuses are to promote an idea or issue — whether it’s the shellfish caucus, the potato caucus, the missile defense caucus. It’s members of Congress who are interested in an idea and they want to promote it. Well, this is no different.”

The idea is for the caucus to bring in “real people from various walks of life” to speak to its members about issues resonating within the Tea Party movement. “Usually we invite experts in,” Bachmann said of other caucuses in the House. “Well, these are experts in just being regular Americans,” she said.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mike Pence, John Carter, Pete Sessions, Todd Tiahart (who Palin is endorsing for Senate), Dan Burton, Paul Broun, and Cliff Sterns have already joined the caucus. Bachmann has also invited Speaker Pelosi to join the caucus, but no word if she has intentions of joining (read with sarcasm). The Daily Caller piece linked above also reports that Palin endorsee, Rand Paul, is planning on starting the same caucus in the Senate if he is elected.

Cross posted here.

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