Rep. Michelle Bachmann made a good decision in not running for re-election and her bow-out is not surprising, says Democratic Strategist and Newsmax Contributor Doug Schoen.
"It's not shocking. She had tough elections, she's been a lightning rod for controversy, she's under investigation. It's not a bad decision," Schoen told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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The Minnesota Republican, once considered one of the brightest guiding lights of the Tea Party movement, has seen her star fall in recent months.
She is under investigation for possible improper campaign spending, and last year made a failed bid for the White House.
"She's made some controversial statements and she made some misstatements," Schoen said.
"And in the world we live in, if you're a polarizing figure and you make mistakes the opposition jumps on you."
On the subject of the Internal Revenue Service scandal, in which the agency admitted it targeted conservative groups, Schoen said a special prosecutor is needed.
"We need a special prosecutor to find out who did what when, who knew what when, and to make appropriate judgments under the circumstances," he said.
"I don't think the Justice Department . . . is in position to do any independent investigation," he said, referring to Attorney General Eric Holder's own scandal surrounding his agency's scrutiny of Fox News reporter James Rosen.
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