Michele Bachmann Backs Ex-Democrat in Texas GOP Runoff

Image: Michele Bachmann Backs Ex-Democrat in Texas GOP Runoff Rep. Ralph Hall

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 09:53 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Tea party darling Michele Bachmann has endorsed 90-year-old Rep. Ralph Hall in his primary runoff race in Texas against former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"It is a great honor to endorse Ralph Hall, a fellow constitutional conservative," Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, said. "He is a true patriot who has fought for our great country in defense of the values and principles we hold dear.

"In Congress, Ralph Hall has been a leader in the fight against Obamacare, a strong advocate of enforcing our immigration laws, and stood firm on securing our borders. The people of the Fourth District are fortunate to have Ralph Hall fighting for them."

The oldest serving member of Congress and a former chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Hall was first elected in 1980 as a Democrat, but switched affiliation to the GOP in 2004.

The 17-term congressman, who celebrates his 91st birthday on Saturday, is asking voters to elect him one last time as he faces a tough challenge from Ratcliffe in the May 27 runoff.

Hall received 45 percent of the vote in the primary, which was under the 50 percent required to avoid a runoff election. Ratcliffe, who has been endorsed by the conservative group Club for Growth, got 29 percent of the vote.

"Congressman Hall is honored to have the support of Michele Bachmann," said his campaign, noting that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and tea party activist David Barton have also added their endorsements.

"This sends a clear message as to who the true conservative is in this race. Ralph Hall has a consistent record of standing up for family values, defending the Second Amendment, and working to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Bachmann, who founded the Tea Party Caucus in Congress and was a failed contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, announced last year that she won’t be seeking a fifth term in Congress. Bachmann says she hasn’t ruled out running for another public office — including the presidency.

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