Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, recently commented in the May 29th edition of USA Today on the exit of Minnesota’s congresswoman, Michelle Bachmann, from the House of Representatives. Bachmann announced her departure via video this week, and Schier notes that this will be a blow to the Tea Party’s profile. “It’s very important for an insurgent movement like the Tea Party to have spokespeople in the corridors of power. They have to find someone who can rival her media skills. I think it's a problem,'' says Schier.
Despite her decision to not run for reelection, Schier believes that Bachman will continue to remain a force in politics. With over $6,750,000 raised for her 2014 campaign, Bachmann still holds the power to play a role for the Tea Party. "She's got all this money to distribute. She'll probably use it to maintain her political influence,'' Schier notes.