The Washington Post reports
that political observers in Minnesota are skeptical that Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., will seek reelection this year.
Bachmann, who formally announces that she will end her campaign for president on Wednesday in Des Moines, has a lot to distract her from a return to the rank-and-file of Congress.
The Post points out:
• Bachmann is now a national figure who doesn’t appear to have much to gain by staying the House.
• Given her poor showing in Iowa, she may not retain the star status that helped her raise $13 million for her last House reelection bid.
• Redistricting is around the corner, and her district is sure to change. She may either be drawn out of her district entirely or have a very different-looking district in which to run in 2012.
Meanwhile, Bachmann, 55, is a strong candidate for television punditry, and some think she may have her sights on running against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in 2014 – in such case it may be advantageous to be out of Congress.
Thus far, Bachmann has been mum about her plans, but her Congressional filing deadline isn’t until June.
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