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Bachmann coming to Wine Country to raise money

Michele Bachmann


Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is making a campaign stop in Napa on Thursday, the second Republican candidate to visit Wine Country this month.

Two weeks ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry held receptions at wineries in Green Valley and in Healdsburg, where supporters paid $500 a plate for admission that included the chance for a private chat and photograph for a $2,500 donation.

Bachmann’s stop at the Napa Valley Country Club comes at a more affordable price — $100 for hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar and $250 for a photo and private moment with the candidate.

But like Perry, Bachmann is struggling to regain momentum lost following a strong start. After winning the Iowa Straw Poll in August, the Minnesota Congresswoman’s poll numbers have withered as businessman Herman Cain has ascended as Tea Party favorite.

Pam Silleman, coordinator of the Napa Tea Party, which is hosting the event, said that Cain has also indicated plans to visit Napa, though a date has yet to be set.

Claiming more than 3,000 members, the Napa Tea Party has emerged as a player in the Tea Party movement, she said. While voters in both Sonoma and Napa counties overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama in 2008, Silleman said there is a quiet core of conservatives in both areas who are increasingly flexing their political muscle.

The event with Bachmann is scheduled to go from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Earlier in the day, Bachmann will speak on “The Revival of American Competitiveness” at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Information about attending Thursday’s event in Napa is available at www.NapaTeaParty.com.

14 Responses to “Bachmann coming to Wine Country to raise money”

  1. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Bear I agree with you. She got Medicaid and welfare money for those kids and discretionary fund money from the government. If she were a true mom she would have ADOPTED some of those kids and given them a secure homelife on her own dime. Her husband is busy trying to ungay, gays and his “clinic” bills Medicaid. Michelle gets farm subsidies (you know, welfare for the rich agra farms while small farms flounder?). While railing against stimulus funds in public she secretly put her hand out to the federal government for some of those funds.

    I call her the WELFARE QUEEN. She is dishonest, not very educated, hasn’t done a good job in Congress even by Republican standards, is more interested in legislating our behavior, and I personally think she is a JOKE.

  2. bear says:

    Let’s remember that all of Sarah’s college degrees come from Oral Roberts University. Including her law degree, which was in “Biblical law.”

    Then let’s question all her foster kids -more than 100? For which she was paid how much per head? FYI there ARE people who profit off foster kids.

    Just like Palin, she and her family are a money-making machine. YOUR money, her profit.

    I look forward to hearing her views on nuclear weapons, unwinnable wars, the defense budget and other republican delusions.

    The really sad part is that all the republican candidates are clowns. Anyone care to support the pizza guy, who claims that unemployment is the fault of the unemployed?

    If we’re going to drug and alcohol test recipients of welfare, food stamps, unemployment and all government employees (as Florida has actually done), then we ought to include all legislators and corporate recipients of government funds.

    The tests for welfare recipients came out at 2.5%. So maybe the problem is elsewhere?

    Hey, add in tobacco and dope and everything else, and drug test the entire population? Including SS and Medicare recipients. Then cut all benefits to those who test positive.

    Welcome to republican America.

  3. bats555 says:

    Well it appears that Ms.Bachmann is a bit weak in American History, Personal Finances and Current Events.

  4. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    Thank you Bats555. I would have put an approval check on your post but for some reason it’s closed. But it’s nice to have real quotes that show the true ignorance of UNQUALIFIED candidates running for office. And this means BOTH Republican or Democrat running anywhere in the country. As far as I’m concerned the only Republican running for office that is qualified is Romney and Huntsman-at least of the ones on that stage last night fighting it out like little children.

  5. RAW says:

    Well Bat,
    All that being said, any one of them would probably do a better job than the current POTUS. I know my 16 yo son would.

  6. Commonsense says:

    I’m sure that many could come up with less then accurate statements by the current President and others, in fact I can think of a few myself, i.e. the incident in which he said he visited 57 states and had one more to go, VP asking a person he knows to be wheelchair bound to stand up, the Presidents Memorial day speech where he “honored our fallen soilders, I see many here today”, claiming that we built an intercontinental rail system, misprounancing corpsman in a speech and I too could go on and on with his speech errors or errors in language and history. In fact there are whole websites that collect this stuff for us to enjoy over and over again.
    If you are going to be consistent in your argument then, you need to call them all by the same name and not choose who is “stupid” based on party affiliation, which is really what I believe you’re doing.

  7. bats555 says:

    Wonder why responders are questioning the intelligence of this candidate and others? Here are some quotes from Michelle, Sarah and Christine –
    “My husband and I have never gotten a penny of money from” a family farm: Really? Her personal financial disclosure reports show that she holds an interest in the farm, that the farm received $259,332 in federal payments between 1995 and 2010, and that she earned income between $32,500 and $105,000 from said farm between 2006 and 2009.

    “If you look at one of our Founding Fathers, John Quincy Adams, that’s absolutely true. He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary.”
    John Quincy Adams was not a Founding Father. He was 9 when the Declaration of Independence was made and 20 when the Constitution was adopted.

    “It’s ironic and sad that the president released all of the oil from the strategic oil reserve. … There’s only a limited amount of oil that we have in the strategic oil reserve. It’s there for emergencies.’’

    Obama did not empty all the oil from the strategic reserve, as Bachmann said. He approved the release of 30 million barrels, about 4 percent of the 727 million barrels stored in salt caverns along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. It’s true that the U.S. normally taps the reserve for more dire emergencies than exist today, and that exposes Obama to criticism that he acted for political gain. But the reserve has never been fuller; it held 707 million barrels when last tapped, after 2008 hurricanes.

    “[Paul Revere] did warn the British. And in a shout-out, gotcha-type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history.” –Sarah Palin, defending her botched Paul Revere history lesson by taking issue with the reporter, who simply asked her “What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?”

    “But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.” –Sarah Palin, after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas, interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show

    Minutes earlier, the audience at Widener Law School in Delaware had laughed in derision when O’Donnell asked: “Where in the constitution is the separation of church and state?”
    When Coons told her the text of the constitution prohibited government from establishing any religion, O’Donnell replied in apparent bewilderment: “You’re telling me that’s in the first amendment?”
    In the Delaware Senate debate Wednesday night, Republican Christine O’Donnell tripped up and was unable to name a single recent Supreme Court decision she disagreed with, a moment similar to an infamous 2008 gaffe by Sarah Palin.
    During the debate, O’Donnell said she opposed activist judges, citing the recent court decision ordering an immediate halt to military discharges because Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But when the moderators asked her to name a recent Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed, she was unable to name a single one:

  8. Anderson says:

    The petty little comments say more about those who penned them and their lack of critical thinking skills than about their target.

    Oh yeah, and in their warped little world Obama is smart – right, sure he is.

  9. Commonsense says:

    Not being familiar with this candidate, I read the article to learn more. Speech is free and should be, but sometimes a little restraint is really worthile. While I know little about Ms. Bachman,I find that name calling is really an indication of little or no knowledge, as well as being amazingly childish. If you don’t want to learn more about her or support or like her then don’t bother reading the article, let alone, taking the time to write a comment calling her stupid.

  10. Skippy says:

    This, as always, will be the Democrat response to every Republican candidate to the right of Fidel Castro.
    One would think that, after 40 years of the same childish, insulting dismissal of Republicans, the Democrats would start debating like adults.
    They won’t.
    See the comments below for reference.

  11. RAW says:

    Wow, saying she is stupid and crazy because she is a woman? I bet they don’t shredd you for that.

  12. bats555 says:

    If you combine the IQ’s of Christine O’Donnell, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. You would have the IQ equivalent of a retarded mosquito. As the saying goes “Couldn’t pour water out of a boot if it had instructions on the heel.”

  13. Heyokus says:

    I derive great amusement from picturing the devoted Tea Party faithful listening raptly to this amazingly stupid woman and nodding happily to each other as her lunacy is conveyed. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was not more comical.

  14. westender says:

    Come see the nexxt Sarah Palin. A little smarter, just as crazy.