A Tea Party group based in Virginia bluntly urged Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann to quit the presidential race – harsh and unexpected considering that Bachmann is a strong supporter of the Tea Party movement in congress.
Ned Ryun, the president of the Virginia-based Tea Party group, American Majority, recently issued a statement that urges the Minnesota Congresswoman to give up on her presidential aspirations. Ryun, who is also a supporter of Texas Governor Rick Perry, added that "Bachmann's floundering can damage the Tea Party."
The American Majority President also pointed out that an individual who presents himself/herself as a champion of the Tea Party Movement can be dangerous and might create false impressions regarding the movement's core beliefs.
Among all Republicans vying for the party nomination, Bachmann is the most vocal when it comes to her association with the Tea Party Movement. Bachmann is the founder of the Congress' Tea Party Caucus and has been presenting herself in recent political rallies as one of the leaders of the Tea Party Movement.
Ryun also accused Bachmann of using her affiliation with the Tea Party Movement for her own personal interest.
In Bachmann's case, it is clear that the campaign has become less about reform and more about her personal effort to stay relevant and sell books
Bachmann's chances for the Republican nomination have been slumping since an unprecedented win at the Iowa Straw Poll last August. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey saw Bachmann's appeal further declining. The Minnesota Congresswoman fell to seventh place with just 3 percent votes.