A prominent Tea Party activist is
calling on Michele Bachmann to drop out of the race because she is
too focused on social issues such as gay marriage.
Ned Ryun, president and founder of
Majority, wants Tea Party favorite Bachmann gone.
“It's time for Michele Bachmann to
go,” Ryun wrote at his group's blog.
“Every day the campaign flounders, it
risks hurting the credibility of the movement.”
“It is clear that the campaign has
become less about reform and more about her personal effort to stay
relevant and sell books,” Ryun added.
In recent weeks, Bachmann has
increasingly emphasized her socially conservative views over fiscal
issues, often citing her involvement in attempts to ban gay marriage
in her home state of Minnesota as proof that she's the most
conservative in the GOP field. However, Rick Santorum has been
fighting a similar battle, arguing that he's the only candidate who
has pushed the issue in Congress.
Ryun blasted Bachmann for straying from
the Tea Party's message of limited government and highlighting
“social issues and religion.”
“Those fiscal issues which attract
Republicans, independents and conservative Democrats alike must
continue to be the focus,” he said.