In Exiting, Michele Bachmann Remains Polarizing, Even to Her Constituents

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Michele Bachmann Says She Won’t Seek Re-election

Michele Bachmann, the U.S. representative of Minnesota's 6th congressional district and erstwhile presidential candidate, said this morning she will not seek re-election. Yahoo reached out to her constituents for their reactions. Here are excerpts from what they wrote today.

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I found Michele Bachmann's decision not to run for re-election a bit surprising.

Although Rep. Bachmann has a very polarizing personality (and some of the things that have happened during her tenure as my representative have made me cringe), I voted for her because I agree with her viewpoints on abortion, immigration and Obamacare. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even if it goes against the majority, including the GOP.

While I will not miss the constant stream of headlines of some new supposed controversy she is involved in, I hope we elect another representative like Bachmann who is willing to fight and raise these difficult issues like she did.

Rae Besser, Montrose

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Michele Bachmann's decision to sit out the next election cycle could not have come soon enough. Bachmann, whose nonsensical statements and radical viewpoints border on hysterical to this voter, has cast a dark stain on Minnesota and her congressional district.

I am a 43-year-old voter in Cold Spring, a small conservative city. As a voter, I have never understood how anyone could support someone who makes statements such as this Bachmann gaffe at EdWatch National Education Conference in November 2004: "Normalization (of gayness) through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of 'The Lion King' for instance, and a teacher might say, 'Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?' The message is: I'm better at what I do, because I'm gay."

It's statements like this that made me fill in the circle next to whoever was running against her in every election.

While she certainly can be funny (not deliberately, of course), her brand of politics borders on extremism and my district needs rational leadership.

Andrea Nestor, Cold Spring

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You think eight years of Michele Bachmann is bad? Try 13.

That's how long I've been listening to her. Thirteen long, painful years.

I live in Minnesota's 6th congressional district, the area that for some reason elected Bachmann to the U.S. House four times. Before her first run for federal office, she was a state legislator, which is where she made a name for herself initially, hiding behind shrubs during LGBT rallies and saying bizarre things.

She's proven to be a liar. She's proven to be arrogant. She's proven to just make up stuff. And she's proven to be resilient, getting re-elected even after all of her follies.

That's why I'm glad she's gone, but I'm not giddy. She'll be back. She always comes back.

Steve Linders, Blaine

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I voted for Republican Michele Bachmann in her congressional runs because I support the Republican's viewpoints on important issues. But the one thing I do not totally appreciate was her affiliation with the tea party movement.

After the shift from a Republican-held Congress to the GOP's slowly eroding control, I have wanted to elect and support any Republican available. What bothered me about standing in the tea party camp (and her affinity for it) is that tea partyers seemed to be wading into politics for the sake of politics—not just because it was the right thing to do.

I want less government and less regulation. Case in point: I was happy to see that she opposed SOPA and PIPA. I am sad to see her go, and I hope we find someone with the same values of pro-life, less government and only necessary regulation.

Nathan Tuttle, Pequot Lakes

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As a 52-year-old cranky Bachmann constituent, I am simultaneously giddy and grave about the representative not running for re-election.

I have never been a fan of Bachmann and her brand of politics, and even in a heavily GOP district, I never voted for her; she never represented my interests as a constituent. One of my favorite examples of her time in office: I wrote her a letter about farm subsidies and how many she was receiving. Her response to me? It was only about Obamacare.

I'm going to miss her.

Kathleen Riley-Daniels, Ramsey

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