May 29, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced early Wednesday morning that she will not seek a fifth term in office.

The decision was announced in a YouTube video on the congresswoman's website and on her Facebook page.

Although Bachmann didn't give a specific reason for her departure, she explained that an 8-year term in the House was enough.

Is that the understatement of the year, or what?

"The law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years, and in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district," Bachmann said.

Uh oh. I agree with something Michele Bachmann said...

Bachmann also made it clear that her decision not to seek re-election had nothing to do with the ongoing ethics investigation about alleged misconduct during her failed presidential campaign in 2012.

"It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign," Bachmann said. "And I have no reason to believe that that was not the case."

Bachmann -- who has served in the House of Representatives since 2007 -- is the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. She sits on both the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Financial Services.

She is also the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.

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