Despite a propensity to burn through senior-level staff and the criticism her personal style has garnered on Capitol Hill, even Bachmann skeptics concede that the Congresswoman possesses considerable political skills. They point out she has been generous with the millions of dollars in campaign cash she has raised as a result of the national grass-roots following she has built.
Last cycle, Bachmann donated tens of thousands of dollars to GOP Congressional candidates through her PAC and personal campaign account.
The Republican source who said she displays “erratic behavior” nonetheless complimented Bachmann for her fundraising prowess, smooth interaction with the press and ability to forge connections with voters. A second Republican source who did not hesitate to criticize Bachmann nevertheless noted that she was more willing than most to support Republican candidates who fit her conservative model.
“She’s willing to cut a lot of checks,” this source said. “Just not to RINOs or moderates.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.