Michele Bachmann Bails on Another Florida Event

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann has canceled her appearance at the Villages retirement community that was slated for the weekend, according to the Tea Party group that planned to host her.

The Tri-County Tea Party Florida was selling tickets at $25 a pop to see Bachmann speak at the LaHacienda Center in the Villages on Saturday, and the excuse is that she's busy.

"Please note that Michele Bachmann canceled her Tea Party appearance at the Villages, Fl., with apologies, saying the heavily scheduled caucus appointments caused a scheduling conflict," Tri-County Tea Party communications man Sid Van Landingham says.

This is Bachmann's second skip-out on Florida, since she announced she wouldn't be taking part in the Republican Party of Florida's "Presidency 5" straw poll and debate, which will be televised on Fox News -- although it's rumored that she's "reconsidering" her decision.

This is a bit of a different attitude than what Bachmann's spokesman said after winning the Ames, Iowa, straw poll.

"We are just now at the point where we can focus on building a team in the critical state of Florida," Alice Stewart told Politico. "We look forward to the events we have planned to meet the great people of the Sunshine State."

Oh well, we were hoping for Michele Bachmann, but all we got was this lousy picture of her eating some fried concoction on a stick:

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