Mitt Romney will be in Minnesota today with one public event scheduled, a 1 p.m. rally at Freightmasters Logistics Inc. in Eagan (1980 Seneca Road) but the Boston Globe reports that he may also be trying to close a deal to secure the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Globe reporter Glen Johnson does not divulge the source of the Romney-Bachmann tip. He is a long-time Romney tormentor from his days covering Romney for the AP in the 2008 campaign when Romney and he got into a slightly famous contretremps captured on youtube.)
Anyway, a Bachmann endorsement of Romney would make little sense ideologicaly, which led Johnson to note that she could be looking for Romney’s help in retiring the leftover debt from Bachmann’s presidential campaign which, as MinnPost’s Devin Henry reported, was about $1 million when she dropped out after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses.
As Devin noted yesterday, Romney and his family members and many of his business associates have been very helpful to Tim Pawlenty in retiring his lefotover campaign debt since Pawlenty endorsed Romney.
Update: Five minutes after I posted the above, Bachmann was interviewed on Fox News and knocked the story down pretty hard. She will not meet with Romney when is in Minnesota today (she’s in Washington). She did not deny that she has been in touch with the Romney campaign, but portrayed the contacts as normal and similar to her ongoing relationship with all of her former rivals for the Repub nomination.
Bachmann said she has no plans to endorse anyone before the Feb. 7 Minnesota caucuses. She did say that she hopes to be a “unifying voice” to bring together the Tea Party and establishment wings of the party with the ultimate goal of defeating Pres. Obama. If you wanted to, you could read that last theme of reconciling the Tea Party with the establishment as paving the way for an ultimate endorsement of Romney. But, of course, almost all Repubs will get behind the ticket and call for unity once the nominating contest is over.
And an even stronger denial: On her campaign website, Bachmann said: “Let me be absolutely clear — there are absolutely no negotiations between me and the Romney campaign regarding any pending endorsement of Governor Romney. I continue to speak with all the candidates and plan on uniting behind the presumptive nominee. The Boston Globe article today is completely false and I call on the Globe to retract their article.”