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Heki vs. Bachmann: the real reason Bachmann quit

by The Big E on May 29, 2013 · 3 comments

bachmann18Someone from Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign team stole an email list off of Barb Heki’s laptop. This list was from the evangelical home school organization for which Heki played a leadership role. She lost that role and was disgraced. She sued.
This lawsuit was a part of the pile of ethical scandals endangering Bachmann’s political future.
Today, the court scheduled the trial.
Today at 3:00AM, Bachmann released a video relating the glorious news that she wouldn’t seek reelection. Of course, this is Michele Bachmann, so it was immediately followed by seven plus minutes of the kind of utter disregard for reality we’ve come to expect from her.
We’re supposed to believe she’d have beaten Jim Graves, that it wasn’t about her scandals and blah blah blah blah …
Here’s what it very well could be about. Pay attention to the date!

A trial date has been set in an Iowa lawsuit alleging that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., stole and misused an e-mail distribution list maintained by an Iowa home school group during her failed 2012 presidential campaign.
This morning, the seven-day trial in Heki v. Bachmann was scheduled for May 14, 2014, court records show.
[my emphasis]
(Des Moines Register)

Barb Heki, the woman whose email list Team Bachmann stole, will have her day in court. Bachmann’s trip to Iowa to negotiate a settlement failed utterly.
The trial will take place smack dab in the middle of Bachmann’s battle for her political life.
I’ve been blogging about Bachmann for a while now and I know enough to not listen to the [expletives deleted] coming out of her mouth, but look at what’s going on and make an educated guess.

Erik Hare May 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I don’t know which I hope more – that she realized it was over, or someone in the Republican party had enough clout and sense to tell her it was over. It was one of them, and I have to say I had lost faith that something that good would ever happen.

Still, I think this is bad news for the DFL. This narcissist took up millions of dollars that might have gone to other republicans, outspending Graves like 6:1 – and still underperformed Mitt Romney by 7 points. Between that and being a continuous reminder to the world that Republicans have some batshit crazy people in their ranks she was far more valuable to the DFL than anyone we could have planted.

I will miss her. Well, sort of. It will be nice to not have my friend in Utah get absolutely vicious about Bachmann refs whenever I make fun of her state’s politics. :-)

The Big E May 30, 2013 at 7:49 am


Considering how much she bucked the party, I doubt anyone in the Republican Party convinced her. So I’m with you on your other suggestion.

Also, she outspent Graves 12-1.

The reason I have hope is the MN Republicans, controlled by the Ron Paul supporters, won’t allow a candidate with a chance to be nominated. Consider that they nominated Tom Emmer and Kurt Bills for the last major races in this state.

Erik Hare May 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

It’s still CD6. If they can’t elect an R they have a serious problem. Maybe they do, we can hope.

Not to disagree with you on Bachmann’s announcement at all, but as soon as Graves announced there was a flood of internet ads going after him on YouTube, etc. I’m willing to bet they fell totally flat – I can’t see that anyone cares. I wonder if her money machine has been drying up and/or she was plain scared. The quick and visceral reaction to Graves hounding her was pretty extreme.

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