Tea Party Group Calls for Bachmann to Drop Out
It fears she'll swing to the right, make movement look bad
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2011 11:20 AM CDT
Michele Bachmann speaks at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition presidential candidate forum, in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – “It’s time for Michele Bachmann to go.” So begins a statement issued yesterday by American Majority, a major Tea Party organization that, according to CNN, operates in seven states and trains thousands of activists. Bachmann’s campaign has become “about her personal effort to stay relevant and sell books,” group president Ned Ryun writes. He worries that in her desperation, she’ll advocate more socially conservative ideas, which “are not what drive the Tea Party.”

Bachmann’s campaign manager replied by saying that “Mr. Ryun, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is entitled to his own opinion.” Ryun insists neither he nor American Majority have endorsed any candidate. “We are equal opportunity hecklers,” executive director Matt Robbins says. “We don’t care which one of the personalities wins, as long as they’re conservative.” As for Bachmann, Robbins says, “Let’s face it: She’s a back-bencher and has been a back-bencher congressperson for years.” Click for more of Bachmann's recent troubles.