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Michele Bachmann to appear at Homer Glen Tea Party rally

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

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Updated: November 10, 2011 2:57PM

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is scheduled to attend a rally in her honor on Monday in southwest suburban Homer Glen.

The event for the Minnesota Republican congresswoman and Tea Party member will begin at 7 p.m. at DiNolfo’s Banquets, said Deb Kraulidis, a member of the Will County Tea Party Alliance, which is sponsoring the event. The alliance is made up of the Joliet and Homer/Lockport Tea Parties.

Tickets to the fundraiser will cost $20.

“She just chose our area to stop in and say hello to Illinois,” Kraulidis said. “She wants to come into the heart of the state here — I think she’s going to rock!”

Kraulidis’ husband, Tim, who is president of the alliance, said the Bachmann rally is part of a “Take Our Country Back 2012” series of events that will introduce candidates at all levels to local voters.

Tim Kraulidis said he thinks Bachmann is coming to Will County because it has a history of electing both Democrats and Republicans.

“Will County has been a hotbed of political activity over the past two years,” he said, citing the 11th Congressional District race in 2010 in which Republican Adam Kinzinger beat incumbent Democrat Debbie Halvorson.

Tim Kraulidis, who plans to run for a Will County Board seat next year, said Bachmann’s appearance is not an endorsement of her over other candidates, but it’s exciting that she will be in Will County.

“She might not be my candidate,” he said. “But we are going to try to help present her to our district. I like her, she’s energetic.”

Bachmann, who formed the Tea Party caucus in the U.S. House in July 2010, became the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in Congress in 2006.

She won the GOP presidential straw poll vote in Ames, Iowa, in August. But she has slipped in national polls since then, especially after Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the race.

More recently, she’s been making headlines for a remark she made about the HPV vaccine, which Perry made mandatory in his state. Bachmann said a mother told her the vaccine caused mental retardation in her daughter. The medical community has since criticized Bachmann for repeating something that was invalid.

All of the candidates are going to have to be more careful about what they say, Tim Kraulidis said.

“These guys can’t afford to make a mistake,” he said. “One slip of the tongue and it’s all over the place. But I would look at the whole message. I don’t think the election is going to come down to that” one HPV statement.”

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