Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is apparently not content to let Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) be the only Republican to stand before the cameras and give a rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
According to an email sent out by Tea Party Express spokesperson Amy Krener this morning, Bachmann will give her own response to the SOTU via webstream on the Tea Party Express’ homepage. Ryan is the official Republican choice to give the opposition response to the speech, which is generally broadcast directly following the president’s words. Most other Republicans will save their responses for the myriad interviews cable news will conduct in the hours following Obama’s speech.
Bachmann, it seems, is going to go a slightly different route, offering up her own take on the speech directly to the tea party voters that form her national base. It’s just the latest case of Bachmann going her own way after her colleagues declined to give her a seat at the leadership table in the new Republican-controlled House.Recent examples of Bachmann going rogue include apparently bucking the House GOP’s ban on earmarks and making noises about making a run for the White House next year.
Bachmann’s office wouldn’t immediately confirm Krener’s email, but a special tea party-focused response to the SOTU would certainly fit the profile of Bachmann’s growing conservative celebrity status.