By William Upton | 3/16/11
Representative Michele Bachmann, a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate known for her outspoken conservative and Tea Party views, topped the list of favorite conservative/Tea Party representatives in a month-long poll on ConservativeHQ.com (CHQ).
With a 44 percent plurality, Tea Party and conservative activists chose Rep. Bachmann as their top pick in the poll of CHQ members amid a stacked field of conservative members of Congress.
Along with Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Bachmann recently promised to vote against any continuing resolution to fund the federal government that does not include the ending of the $105 billion dollar Obamacare slush fund that was slipped into the law.
Trailing Bachmann by just over ten percent was Tea Party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-FL) with 31 percent of the vote.
Considered a star among the House Republican freshman class, Rep. West has recently left the door open for the possibility of joining the Republican presidential ticket as the vice-presidential nominee. A veteran and staunch conservative, West has gained national support for his willingness to confront threats to America, from liberalism to fundamental Islam, head-on.
Voters were asked to pick their top two choices in the poll.
House Republican leadership scored poorly, with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) each earning only 5 percent of the vote.
Some members of Congress that polled well included Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) with 19 percent, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) with 18 percent and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) with 10 percent.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a candidate for Senate in Arizona to replace Republican Sen. Jon Kyl (who recently announced he will not seek reelection) finished with only two percent of the vote. Flake has annually been considered one of the strongest voices against out-of-control government spending in the House of Representatives – especially on the issue of earmarks.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) earned four percent, while the lesser known, but staunchly conservative Rep. Tom Price scored a surprising zero percent. Rep. Price preceded Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) as chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.