(WASHINGTON) — Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican and Tea Party supporter, will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2014, the congresswoman announced in a video posted to YouTube.
In the video, Bachmann, a four-term member of the House of Representatives, said that the decision not to run for re-election had nothing to do with the recent investigation of her campaign finances during the 2013 Presidential campaign.
“Looking forward after the completion of my term — my future is full, limitless and my passions for American remains,” Bachmann said, before adding that she would consider a number of future opportunities that might allow her to help “save and protect our great nation for future generations.”
Specifically, Bachmann explained that she believes “eight years is long enough for an individual to serve as representative for a specific congressional district.”
What is clear is that Bachmann’s decision not to run is not related to an inability to raise campaign funds. Her campaign fund had nearly $2 million as of this March, according to Federal Election Commission filings. By comparison, her would-be challenger, Democrat Jim Graves, has just $36,000 cash on hand at this point.
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