The Washington Post reports that political observers in Minnesota are skeptical that Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., will seek reelection this year.
Bachmann, who formally announces that she will end her campaign for president on Wednesday in Des Moines, has a lot to distract her from a return to the rank-and-file of Congress.
The Post points out:
• Bachmann is now a national figure who doesn’t appear to have much to gain by staying the House.
• Given her poor showing in Iowa, she may not retain the star status that helped her raise $13 million for her last House reelection bid.
• Redistricting is around the corner, and her district is sure to change. She may either be drawn out of her district entirely or have a very different-looking district in which to run in 2012.
Meanwhile, Bachmann, 55, is a strong candidate for television punditry, and some think she may have her sights on running against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., in 2014 – in such case it may be advantageous to be out of Congress.
Thus far, Bachmann has been mum about her plans, but her Congressional filing deadline isn’t until June.
We’ll wait and see.