Michele Bachmann tells televangelist she might run for Al Franken’s Senate seat

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Michele Bachmann served Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District from 2007 to 2015.

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey Washington Post 

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann recently announced on a televangelist’s show that she is mulling a run for Al Franken’s US Senate seat in Minnesota. Franken officially resigned Tuesday over allegations of sexual misconduct that emerged in late 2017.

Bachmann, who has five children and fostered 23 children, has become somewhat of a hero in some conservative circles, taking the stage at several conservative Christian conferences, including the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit. She was part of President Trump’s evangelical advisory council during his campaign.


Bachmann, who served Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District from 2007 to 2015, became the first Republican woman to be elected to the US House from Minnesota. She was one of the final six Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential election. She was investigated by congressional committees over allegations of campaign finance violations by her presidential campaign and did not seek reelection in 2014.

Last week, Bachmann told televangelist Jim Bakker that she fears she will be unfairly attacked by Washington insiders because ‘‘the swamp is so toxic.’’

‘‘My husband and I aren’t money people. And that’s the thing. We’re normal. . . . If you’re a billionaire, you can maybe defend yourself. We’re not money people. You know, you can have frivolous lawsuits filed against you all the time, and then what do you do?’’ Bachmann said on the show.

‘‘It is really tough if you are going against the tide in D.C. — if you are trying to stand for biblical principles in DC and you stick your head up out of the hole, the blades come roaring and they come to chop you off,’’ she said.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith will sit in Franken’s seat until a special election in November for someone to serve out the final two years of his term. State Senator Karin Housley, a Republican, is already in the race. Former governor Tim Pawlenty, an outspoken evangelical and a Republican, is seen as another potential contender.


Using the language of many conservative Christians, Bachmann said she felt as if she had fulfilled her calling when she left Congress. She said her goal was to put the issue of Obamacare front and center in the presidential race.

‘‘The question is, am I being called to do this now?’’ she said. ‘‘I don’t know.’’