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Kline backs Bachmann in bid for House leadership slot

Rep. John Kline will back his in-state colleague Michele Bachmann in her bid for a leadership position in the House Republican conference, MinnPost has learned.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann has picked up her first official supporter in her bid for a House leadership position, MinnPost has learned. And the support comes from within her home delegation.

Rep. John Kline, the current ranking member and likely future chairman of the powerful Education and Labor Committee, will cast his ballot for her, Kline spokesman Troy Young confirmed.

“Congressman Kline intends to vote for his delegation colleague,” Young said in an e-mail this afternoon.

Bachmann is running for chair of the House Republican Conference, the number four ranked position in the 112th Congress’ GOP hierarchy. Its primary duties include coordinating the GOP’s policy and media strategies.

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The head of the Tea Party Caucus, Bachmann will be running a bit of an insurgent campaign, as the only other Republican to toss his name in the ring, Jeb Hensarling of Texas, has lined up a few heavy-hitting supporters like would-be Minority Leader Eric Cantor, outgoing conference chairman Mike Pence and Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, who briefly flirted with the idea of running himself.

The prospective House Speaker, John Boehner, has not tipped his hand either way and may not throughout the entirety of the campaign.