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October 23, 2014

Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., endorsed in a Florida special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel.

Clawson’s announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman, but the candidate heaped praise on Bachmann, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

“Congresswoman Bachmann was tea party before there was a tea party, and after this year she will be missed in Congress,” Clawson said. “With a victory next Tuesday, we can continue the work she has started to protect our Constitution and restore fiscal integrity to Washington.”

Clawson faces a competitive primary on Tuesday. His chief rivals are state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel.

Bachmann joins several national Republicans who backed candidates in the race for Florida’s 19th District. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also endorsed Clawson. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and two members of Congress recently backed Benacquisto.

The winner of the primary is likely to win the June 24 special election. The race is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Justapooorpeddler

    A primary race to the bottom of the critical thinking ladder. Next stop Jerry Springer show for a victory lap.

  • YONATAN C

    It’s now been almost five months, since the more than two million unemployed workers have been without unemployment benefits. Since late last December, when these families ran out of their benefits, they have been waiting and struggling patiently for the senate to pass the unemployment extension bill. However, due to the Republicans constant rejections and stalling tactics, the much needed bill has not yet been passed. While these politicians continued to play their ‘party politics”, these millions of families have had to face evictions, home foreclosures, personal bankruptcies, and homelessness. These workers have been destroyed financially and emotionally, and the Republican party is to blame for this, due to their reluctance to accept any of the proposals brought to them by the Democrats. Since the past several months, whenever the bill was to be discussed and voted upon, time and time again , the senate took another break or vacation, leaving these poor Americans hung out to dry a little longer waiting for help that doesn’t come. This was the first time in many years that the senate did not pass an extension bill. Their refusal this year to pass an extension bill can only be explained because of their deliberate and calculated plan to make the democrats, and particularly president Obama to look bad, and not be successful in the people’s eyes. These Republicans have shown us that their own political agenda is much more important to them than the needs of the people for whom they serve. While senators such as John Boehner expressed their concerns about fiscal responsibility , and budget concerns, the congress just has passed a foreign aid package worth Billions for the Ukraine. Why was this passed without much fanfare or debate, while poor unemployed families who are becoming more and more destitute with each more senate delay of the extension bill? Where are the Republicans “family values’ which they like to so often claim to be the party that represents family values? The Republicans will surely find out in the 2016 elections just how foolish their decision has been not to help these millions of workers.

    • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

      Republicans will be foolish to suppress unemployed workers.

  • Zenny Marvell

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  • http://marketsharescorp.com/ Nick10

    “Clawson’s announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman.”
    Ms. Bachman is a poor endorsement if a candidate wants to win an election. Bachman is not the brightest penny in jar. I don’t blame him.

  • coalgateOps

    While a majority’s opinion may tell us what some people desire on a particular occasion, it cannot tell us what those very same people would choose if they were more educated.

  • Sam Sung

    Once dependent upon centralized authority, the tendency is toward more centralized planning, requiring more central control and on and on.

  • mikem42

    A Bachmann endorsement should be the kiss of death if common sense and decency prevailed; that isn’t the case because of gerrymandering and pandering to the right wing orthodoxy in large parts of the south today. The folks in Florida should vote for their best interests for candidates that would work to get them jobs and affordable insurance and laws protecting them from guns, rather than those that make it more likely to be killed by one.

  • York Aptain Sidney Field

    Arguably, the regard for responsibility has fallen low enough to undermine the very freedom upon which our prosperity and civilization rest.

  • Alexis Bannister

    To the liberty school, the liberty of a free country is a state of affairs where centralized power, control, and coercion are minimized.

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