Darling of the far right Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will not be seeking re-election in 2014. Bachmann announced the decision on her website in a video that never disclosed why she was not running other than hints at something bigger in the future.

Bachmann, who’s in her fourth term representing Minnesota’s 6th District, promised that there “is no future option or opportunity” that she “won’t be giving serious consideration if it can help save and protect our great nation for future generations.”

While Bachmann flatly denied it, the likely reason that she is stepping down is an expanding ethics probe into the finances of her failed presidential run.

The FBI joins the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Federal Elections Commission and an Iowa state Senate ethics committee in probing whether Bachmann’s presidential campaign paid an Iowa state senator from her MichelePAC, a fund that should not have been used for campaign expenses, and whether the state senator stole the email list of an Iowa home-school group from another Bachmann staffer, Barbara Hekki, prior to the Iowa caucuses in January, 2012.

Regardless of how the investigation turns out, Bachmann’s exit from the stage means other Republican members of Congress will have to compete for her coveted spot as the public face of the lunatic fringe of the conservative movement.

Michele Bachmann also closely aligned herself with the Tea Party, a “movement” that mostly died out after the 2010 elections but is now getting renewed attention due to the IRS scandal. Bachmann’s fall may be more symbolic than anything, as Obamacare becomes permanent and demographics continue to shift against far right Republican agendas.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.