GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann announced today that she will not be attending next month’s national Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN. There have been some concerns (written about in the New York Times) that the group organizing the event is for profit and is charging too much for an average person to attend. Congresswoman Bachmann’s spokesman Dave Dziok issued this statement describing why she isn’t attending:
Due to conflicting advice on whether Representative Bachmann’s participation in the upcoming Tea Party Nation Convention would be in line with the Committee on Standards, Congresswoman Bachmann has decided not to participate in the event. There is uncertainty about how any proceeds from the event may be used, and we must err on the side of caution. Some will want to portray her withdrawal as a repudiation of the Tea Party Movement, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Congresswoman Bachmann remains encouraged by all Americans, regardless of political party, who are concerned about this nation’s future and dwindling prosperity, and continues to be inspired their passion.