Michele Bachmann Endorses in Florida Special Election

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., endorsed in a Florida special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has endorsed businessman Curt Clawson with days to go in the Republican primary race to replace former Florida Rep. Trey Radel.  

Clawson's announcement of the endorsement offered no statement from the retiring congresswoman, but the candidate heaped praise on Bachmann, the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.  

“Congresswoman Bachmann was tea party before there was a tea party, and after this year she will be missed in Congress," Clawson said. "With a victory next Tuesday, we can continue the work she has started to protect our Constitution and restore fiscal integrity to Washington."  

Clawson faces a competitive primary on Tuesday. His chief rivals are state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and former state Rep. Paige Kreegel.  

Bachmann joins several national Republicans who backed candidates in the race for Florida's 19th District. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also endorsed Clawson. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and two members of Congress  recently backed Benacquisto.  

The winner of the primary is likely to win the June 24 special election. The race is rated Safe Republican  by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.