Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was forced to cancel her planned fundraiser in Will County Monday because of scheduling conflicts.
In an email to Patch, a spokesman for Bachmann's campaign said the congresswoman could not attend after all, as she will be making campaign stops in Iowa on Monday.
"While there are efforts to find a date, this one was never confirmed by the campaign, and the schedule for that day will not allow for her to be in Chicago on Monday," Doug Sachtleben, Bachmann's deputy campaign press secretary, wrote.
Deb Kraulidis of the Will County Tea Party Alliance originally contacted the campaign about hosting the event, and said she was surprised by the cancellation.
"Weird stuff. No clue what is up with the campaign," Kraulidis wrote in a Facebook message. "We sent out a statement. Very disappointing,"
Sachtleben said they have not rescheduled the event but are looking at possible dates.
Here is the original story from Wednesday:
As the national Republican party focuses its attention on the presidential bids of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann will be looking to gain grassroots support in the Joliet area next week.
The fundraiser will take place at DiNolfo’s Banquet Hall, 14447 W. 159th St., at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20, and there is a VIP reception beforehand for $100 per person. Attendees who donate $250 can get their photo taken with Bachmann, according to the event page.
Bachmann's campaign contacted Tim and Deb Kraulidis of Joliet, who run the Tea Party's Joliet Area Tax Day, to schedule the event. Tim is president of the Alliance.
“She just chose our area to stop in and say hello to Illinois,” Deb Kraulidis told reporter Cindy Cain. “She wants to come into the heart of the state here — I think she’s going to rock!”
Check out the attached video of Tim Kraulidis speaking at the Will County Tea Party's Labor Day rally in 2009.