The town of Homer Glen was abuzz with the excitement that Michele Bachmann was coming to their town. The publicity machine was set in motion as the Chicago Sun Times reported a couple of days ago that the queen of the Tea Party is coming.
The event for the Minnesota Republican congresswoman and Tea Party member will begin at 7 p.m. at DiNolfo’s Banquets, said Deb Kraulidis, a member of the Will County Tea Party Alliance, which is sponsoring the event. The alliance is made up of the Joliet and Homer/Lockport Tea Parties.
Tickets to the fundraiser will cost $20.
“She just chose our area to stop in and say hello to Illinois,” Kraulidis said. “She wants to come into the heart of the state here — I think she’s going to rock!”
The Daily Southtown got into the act too, with conservative columnist, founder of the Illinois Review, and Tea Party fan, Fran Eaton, shouting it to the world that Michele Bachmann is coming.
The Queen of the Tea Party, Michele Bachmann. One in the same. The Bachmann campaign has been struggling of late wih some poor performances in debates. Fundraising has been a big issue. And several campaign aides have left Bachmann.
There was great hopes for this visit and a feeling that it could revive the Bachmann dream.
Here’s what Eaton wrote a couple days ago sprinkled with attacks on former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and her stance on controversy surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. This issue came up during the recent debate on the recent CNN/Tea Party debate in Tampa.
Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, a Democrat who represented the 11th District, got caught up in the HPV vaccine scandal in 2007, before she was elected to the U.S. House in 2008. As a state senator, Halvorson sponsored legislation that required all girls ages 11 and 12 to get the three-shot HPV vaccine series in order to attend school. During the discussion surrounding such a requirement, Merck Pharmaceuticals, the vaccine’s manufacturer, launched a full-scale lobbying effort involving, among others, a legislative action group with which Halvorson was affiliated.
But alas, Michele Bachmann will not be coming. And the reason is still a mystery. Tea Party member Debbie Kraulidis expressed disappointment.
She said the alliance, which is made up of the Joliet and Homer Glen/Lockport Tea Parties, had been working with a Chicago liaison of the Bachmann campaign to set up the rally.
“All details were confirmed and negotiated,” Kraulidis said Thursday.
“We’ve put about 65 hours into this. Everything from menus and appearances to security to venues to media to volunteers. A very huge effort.
“There was just some kind of breakdown in communication. I don’t know who is at fault. We were asked (to host), and we said yes.”
A communication breakdown. An alleged “grassroots” candidate who doesn’t show up. It has been said 90% of “Grassroots” campaigning is showing up.
At least Bachmannn has 10% left.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books