Michele Bachmann May Be Eyeing Al Franken's Vacated Senate Seat

She plans to run for the seat in a November special election.

Former congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, said she is considering a run for the Senate seat that Democrat Al Franken vacated after admitting to sexual misconduct, CNN reports.

"The question is: 'Should it be me? Should it be now?"

The controversial conservative firebrand told televangelist Jim Bakker on his December 27 show that she was considering a run for Sen.

Bachmann has been accused of employing gay conversion therapy at her Counseling Care clinics over the years, and the clinics have been hit with health inspector violations in 2005, 2009 and 2017, according to NBC News.

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His successor, Minnesota lieutenant governor Tina Smith, will be sworn into office Wednesday.

Bachmann has always been a polarizing figure both in Minnesota and nationally.

Democrats spent millions in an attempt to unseat her in Minnesota's sixth district, a traditional conservative stronghold that includes St. Cloud and several northern Twin Cities metro suburbs. She became nationally well known for statements that found to be untrue, such as a claim in a nationally televised presidential debate that the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation.

Bachmann acknowledged the challenge of running as a conservative Republican given the current political climate.

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