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February 10, 2016

Why Some Democrats Aren’t Happy About Bachmann’s Exit

Not every Democrat is happy about Bachmann's decision not to seek re-election. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

Not every Democrat is cheering Rep. Michele Bachmann’s upcoming exit from Congress — specifically the party’s bean counters.

The conservative firebrand’s decision not to run for re-election takes a lucrative fundraising tool off the table for Democrats.

“After Joe Walsh and Allen West were defeated, she was by far the most lucrative voice for Democrats in the GOP caucus,” said one top Democratic operative who has worked at a committee. “Direct mail writers are going to have to cultivate new villains.”

The Minnesota Republican’s controversial statements and her mantle as one of the tea party’s loudest advocates on Capitol Hill made her the perfect foil in fundraising solicitations from Democratic campaign committees and candidates. She was among a select crew of rank-and-file GOP House members with national profiles and names capable of prompting Democratic donors to give.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee quickly kicked off the search for a new fundraising foil. In a statement Wednesday morning, DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner said Republicans in Congress would now begin competing “over who can be the most extreme and most radical to take Bachmann’s place pushing forward their extreme agenda.”

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive Director Guy Cecil added this about Bachmann’s departure:

Beyond the fundraising implications, Bachmann’s Republican-leaning 6th District will likely be more difficult for Democrats to win without the incumbent on the ticket. Her exit leaves hotelier Jim Graves, who came within a point of Bachmann in 2012, without a clear target to focus on.

Still, some Democratic operatives reached Wednesday morning were clearly happy to hear the news. They named Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa as potential fill-ins for Bachmann in fundraising emails and mail.

“Just wait another couple of minutes and we’ll hear someone else say something nuts,” one operative said. “The immigration debate is bound to give us more than a handful new Bachmanns.”

  • DemDisaster

    Guy is a gay ahole

  • ApplePie101

    I thought democrats and liberals vote for democrats and liberals. Are they straying, that they need to be scared away from the republican candidate?

  • Roberto M

    What these dimwits Democrats don’t realize or choose to ignore is that fact that their own caucus is also full of nut jobs and extremists. Barbara Boxer, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alan Grayson immediately come to mind!

  • lndependent

    With all the scandals I would think it would take more than Bachman to get donors to give. Oh but then we are talking about Democraps aren’t we.

  • Jeff Gabel

    The left is so bent on the destruction of our economy, our culture and our country that they count it a blessing when one our staunchest defenders bows out. Democrats have become universally treasonous for their action against America.

  • Cynthia Simpson

    Please, go troll somewhere else.

  • Wcharnock

    Democrats who hate the constitution and free speech against their ideas are by fare the most extreme anti-traditional values and anti-God voices in America…Sad Sad Sad

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