Michele Bachmann will not seek re-election

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, whose short-lived presidential campaign energized the right during the summer of 2011 only to fall short by the time the primaries rolled around, announced on her campaign website that she would not run for re-election in 2014. Bachmann was targeted by numerous outside liberal groups for defeat next year, although she claims in her announcement that she could have won and that inquiries into her ethics by congress and the FEC played no role in her decision. CNN: Making her announcement in a video posted to her campaign website early Wednesday, Bachmann stressed she had no plans to fade from public view. "Looking forward, after the completion of my term, my future is full, it is limitless, and my passions for America will remain," she announced. Bachmann, who's in her fourth term representing Minnesota's 6th District, promised that there "is no future option or opportunity" that she "won't be giving serious consideration if it can help...(Read Full Post)