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Michele Bachmann Running For GOP Leadership Position

Speculation has quickly turned into action for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) Wednesday, who announced her intent to run for a leadership position as the GOP Conference Chair, the party's fourth in command.

Big Government had earlier reported that Bachmann was planning to take advantage of the power vacuum created by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who earlier stepped down as Conference Chair, leaving an opening at the current 3rd most powerful spot, which is set to be downgraded after a GOP member is named Speaker of the House.

"Constitutional conservatives deserve a loud and clear voice within the GOP leadership, and Congresswoman Bachmann will be the perfect voice for that," spokesman Sergio Gor said, according to the Minnesota Independent. "As we saw last night, Constitutional conservatives are what the American people want, not more of the same party establishment."

Earlier this week, with the Republicans pick up of the House looking imminent , reports swirled about the popular conservative legislator probing a potential promotion in the aftermath of the elections.

Though some were skeptical about her odds of making the move, particularly because of her "stingy" contributions to fellow House campaigns, those earlier reports now appear to have come to fruition.

Big Government sees her foray into the upper ranks of the GOP as a necessary step for Republicans in order to maintain the momentum that the Tea Party, a key backer and fascination of Bachmann's, has provided them.

Bachmann earlier fostered the creation of the House Tea Party Caucus, and Big Government calls the Conference Chair a "well-positioned to inject grass-roots energy into the majority caucus," as an ideal building block for that preliminary endeavor.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Bachmann's conservative compatriot, appears to be the first on board.

"Michele Bachmann is running for Republican Conference Chair. I'm 100% on board. She is the right voice for the new conservative majority!" he tweeted Wednesday.

No word from John Boehner, however, whose aspirations to be Speaker were recently met with tepidness by Bachmann.

UPDATE: Politico reports that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who was apparently seeking the position himself, will support Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who also has the support of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), over Bachmann.