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Jul 29th, 2010

Missouri Tea Partiers Rip Michele Bachmann for Backing Roy Blunt

Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO)
(Photo credit: Newscom via Talking Points Memo)

By Christina Bellantoni

Talking Points Memo

July 28, 2010

Tea party groups in Missouri are furious that national tea party icon, Rep. Michele Bachmann, endorsed the strong frontrunner for the Senate nomination Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Bachmann will join Blunt for a fundraiser and to make campaign calls in his St. Louis headquarters Saturday.

Given that Bachmann has emerged as a tea party hero and formed the brand-new Tea Party Caucus in Congress, the groups said “we were shocked” that she is backing Blunt since he voted for the TARP bailout funds and “Cash for Clunkers.”

“We believe she has been grossly misled if she understands him to be a Missouri Tea Party candidate,” read a statement issued by 38 groups from the Show Me state, claiming to represent more than 8,660 activists. The statement came with a list of the groups, noting they have “NOT” endorsed Blunt.

The Eureka Tea Party said Bachmann is risking the “status” of her caucus by taking sides.

“The Tea Party is not the Republicans to claim. This is the citizen’s movement and we will not stand for any politicians to try to use us for their own political gain,” wrote MID MO 9/12 Patriots in a statement.

FiredUp Missouri reports that Blunt skipped the first tea party rally in April 2009, even though he was in town that day. Other tea party groups declined to invite him to further rallies.

As we mentioned yesterday, Blunt is facing a challenge from state lawmaker Chuck Purgason in next Tuesday’s primary election. There are 18 candidates in total on the primary ballot. Blunt is expected to handily win the nomination and go on to face Robin Carnahan (D) in the general election.


7/31/10 Update

Bachmann a No Show in the Show Me State

Dump Bachmann blog
July 31, 2010

Washington (July 30, 2010) — Today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was admitted to the hospital due to a sudden illness. As a result, she was unable to participate in several votes in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, July 30, 2010. The Congresswoman is currently resting this evening and on her way to a full and quick recovery. (Bachmann’s congressional website)

According to the Strib, Bachmann’s brief illness caused the cancellation of her trip to Missouri. …

This is a video posted by the Chuck Purgason campaign on You Tube of what Bachmann would have encountered if she had gone to Missouri:


Related reports on this site

The Real Trouble with Bachmann (July 21, 2010)

False Witness! The Michele Bachmann Story

Bachmann’s St. Cloud Tea Party (June 5, 2010)

blog post photo
Rep. Michele Bachmann gestures at a Tea Party rally organized by the Republican Party at Lake George, St. Cloud, Minn., Friday, June 4, 2010.

‘Bizarre’ Bachmann ‘No Friend’ (Feb. 18, 2010)

Michele Bachmann arguably is the modern face of an emerging brand of American protofascist Christian nationalism being spawned by the “perfect storm” of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and the election of America’s first African-American president.

Bachmann Heads Teabaggers (Sept. 13, 2009)

Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at a Tea Party at Lake George in St. Cloud after a town hall meeting, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (Jason Wachter / St. Cloud Times)


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — July 29, 2009

Chuck Hagel to Deliver Eugene McCarthy Lecture

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance at Georgetown University; and Aubrey Immelman, Associate Professor of Psychology, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., Sept. 23, 2009.
Chuck Hagel and Aubrey Immelman

One-year retrospective: One year ago today, I reported that former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance at Georgetown University, had been selected to deliver the Third Annual Eugene McCarthy Lecture at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — July 29, 2008

On the Campaign Trail: Day 15

Meet Rep. Bachmann’s Republican primary challenger (06:48)

Two-year retrospective: Two years ago today, on the 15th day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, I featured an op-ed article dealing with energy prices that I had written for the St. Cloud Times; met with Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner and Emergency Manager Marvin Klug; announced the release of a new web video in which I discuss my core campaign issues; and debunked Independence Party candidate Bob Anderson’s justification for the Iraq war.

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