Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder and head of the House Tea Party Caucus, probably will form a presidential exploratory committee, advisers told The Washington Post. Propelling the likelihood — the actual formation and announcement could come in May or June — is the overwhelmingly favorable response the Minnesota Republican is getting during appearances, the advisers said.
|Rep. Michele Bachmann may form an exploratory committee in May or June. (Getty Images Photo)
"The size and enthusiasm of the crowds she has been attracting is very encouraging,” Bachmann consultant Ed Brookover told the Post’s Chris Cillizza for his “The Fix” column
, published today. “The voters are telling her to keep pushing forward with her fight to stop this unparalleled growth of government.”
Bachmann is in Iowa now, where she complimented conservative residents of the Hawkeye State during a speech Wednesday for voting out three members of the state Supreme Court after they legalized same-sex marriage, Politico
“You said enough is enough and sent them packing, and I’m very proud of what you’ve done,” Bachmann said. “It’s very rare that a judge does not go back to office.”
Iowans ejected the judges in November, in what normally is a routine re-election, after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in April 2009 that gay marriage is legal, becoming the first state in the Midwest to do so.
Also during that speech, Bachmann dismissed many of the nation’s judges as “black-robed masters.”
If Bachmann forms an exploratory committee, she would join former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, businessman Herman Cain, and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer in that exploratory phase.
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