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.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.