GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann begins her five-stop tour of Florida today, starting at a sandwich shop belonging to a self-proclaimed "Bible thumpin', gun totin' capitalist pig."
That would be Ed Malin, owner of Angie's Subs in Jacksonville Beach, who told Fox News a couple of months ago that he is the "epitome of the American capitalist pig," proudly proclaiming that he'd just worked himself into the 33 percent federal income tax bracket -- meaning $174,400 apparently represents the threshold of American capitalism.
Bachmann is scheduled to be there at 3 p.m. today, although the sign out front no longer says, "A Bible thumpin', gun totin' capitalist pig owns this joint."
Several reviewers on Yelp! noted that the sandwiches at Angie's are lacking in the amount of meat, and although one said he didn't want to get death threats from "Angie's cult," the reviews are generally positive.
After canceling her stop at the Villages retirement community, Bachmann's schedule now includes a town-hall event at Poinciana Town Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the annual policy awards dinner for the Florida Family Policy Council -- yes, the group that opposes teaching evolution in Florida schools -- in Orlando that night.
Tickets for the dinner start "as low as $75" but cost $25,000 if you want to sit at a table with Bachmann and get your picture taken with Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon. Apparently you have to shell out at least $250 to actually eat at the dinner, because the $75 option doesn't include a "dinner ticket" that's included in the higher price ranges.
Bachmann is scheduled to make her last two Florida stops on Sunday, one at a Baptist church, the other at a Shriners temple.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, she's slated to be at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, which holds around 6,000 people -- although Bachmann's reportedly "simply coming to worship."
Around 4 p.m., she's scheduled to greet the Republican Party of Sarasota County at the Sahib Temple, and that one's free.
The Sarasota event marks what is most likely the most boring three-day tour of Florida anyone could ever imagine, and while Bachmann has said she won't be going to the "Presidency 5" debate and straw poll in Orlando on September 22, she hasn't bailed on the CNN debate on September 12 in Tampa yet.
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