Washington (CBS Washington) – The Tea Party is telling Michele Bachmann to quit her presidential campaign.
Ned Ryun of American Majority, a Tea Party group, wrote on its blog urging Bachmann to call it quits.
“Every day the campaign flounders, it risks hurting the credibility of the movement. If she really is about the tea party, and making it successful, it’s time for the Congresswoman to move on.”
Ryun believes that Bachmann’s campaign is going against the Tea Party’s principles and instead it “has become less about reform and more about her personal effort to stay relevant and sell books; a harsh commentary, but true.”
This critique comes as a surprise because Michele Bachmann famously embraced the Tea Party in the past two years. Bachmann hosted a Tea Party rally in the capital in late 2009 and called it the “Super Bowl of Freedom”.
Campaign manager Keith Nahigian told CNN that this is just one Tea Party member’s opinion.
“The strength of the Tea Party is all individual’s opinions are valued but the no single leader speaks for it. Mr. Ryun, who supports Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is entitled to his own opinion. And that’s exactly what he is expressing.”
Ryun is a former presidential writer for George W. Bush. He is also the president and founder of American Majority. According to its website, the group is “a non-partisan political training institute whose mission is to identify and mold the next wave of liberty-minded candidates, grassroots activists and community leaders.”
Bachmann’s camp issued this statement to CBS Washington regarding the post: “It’s no surprise this came from a Perry supporter. I’m the Tea Party candidate and have been since I came to Congress. I led 40,000 Americans to Washington, DC to fight Obamacare, I led the fight against Dodd-Frank, I led the fight against the debt limit increase and out of control spending, and I’m the first candidate to sign the pledge to build a fence along the border. I am the candidate most in line with the Tea Party supporters.”