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Tea Party Leader Backs Bachmann

Says he had to go with the candidate he wants to win.

Local Tea Party leader Jerry DeLemus announced in an email tonight that he is endorsing Michele Bachmann for the Republican presidential nomination.

DeLemus, chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC and founder of the Rochester 912 Project, said that he was "really taking a look at Ron Paul," but he wound up going with Bachmann, who had impressed him early on in the process.

"I kept coming back to Michele, and as the head of the Tea Party Caucus in Congress she most closely reflects my concerns and views regarding what needs to happen in America to save America," DeLemus said in the email. "It is time we the voters choose the candidate we really want to win and stop falling prey to the scare tactic of voting who can win."

Bachmann was second in the polls in New Hampshire following her strong performance in the June debate in Manchester. But she spent little time in the Granite State in the months that followed, and saw her support here dwindle. Things only got worse when her New Hampshire campaign staff quit on her in the fall.

She has seen a bit of a resurgence in the polls of late both nationally and in Iowa, but hasn't seen a similar spike in her popularity in New Hampshire.

In his email, DeLemus made it clear that this was his "personal endorsement," and not that of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC or his 912 group.

Dana December 07, 2011 at 09:30 PM
This is to the attention of Mr. Jerry Delemus if you think there is going to be a woman in the White House as the next President you have lost your mind and fell and bumped your head. In case you have not been watching the news lately. It just so happens to be that Newt Gingrich is the one who is on top of the polls right now for the republican party. Also to The Manchester Union Leader has officially endorsed Newt Gingrich to be the Republican candidate to win in the New Hampshire state primary.
Paul December 08, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Yes, Michele is the darling of the Tea Party. Yes, the Tea Party was making a lot of noise in 2010 and early 2011, and even Speaker Boehner was willing to do anything the Tea Party wanted. But the bloom is off the Tea Party's rose, and now they have been exposed for the miserable little miscretants that they are. Foolish little people with no ideas. Michele can have 100% of the Tea Party backing all to herself. In the 2012 elections, the Tea Party backing will be an albatross around her neck. The Tea Party's days are over.
Paul December 08, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Well said, Paul, well said.
ronald rubin December 08, 2011 at 02:48 AM
I wish he would"ve taken the time to interview my aunt Minnie. She just got out of the nuthouse and she no longer slobbers.
ronald rubin December 08, 2011 at 02:49 AM
I wish he would've taken the time to meet my aunt Minnie. She's been released from the nuthouse and she hardly dribbles anymore.
Paul December 08, 2011 at 03:34 AM
How is this relevant to the candidacy of Mrs. Bachmann?
Kathy Smelser December 08, 2011 at 12:41 PM
the only reason that she is getting all this tea party support is because she is offering counseling card readings and discount tickets for the crazy train

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