Reps. Boehner And Cantor Take Down Letter Defending Rep. Bachmann

September 23, 2009 10:37 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Responding to the demands of an obscure right-wing blogger, Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor posted a letter on the GOP Leader Blog defending Rep. Michele Bachmann.  However, the letter was unpublished without explanation shortly after it was posted.

After Politico reported last week that the House Republican leadership is "wary of the possible damage inflicted on the party's reputation by bomb-throwing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn)," one of her constituents wrote an open letter to Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). 

Andy Aplikowski, who runs an obscure right-wing blog called Residual Forces, suggested in the letter that Boehner and Cantor are "spineless wimps" and demanded a retraction:

A word of advice, issue an apology and retraction right now, or else. Or else you will see people like me bust their butt so hard that she raises millions, wins by a landslide, and takes your job and sends you to the back bench.

Don't you dare forget that some of us remember that you aren't a new comer, that you have been in Washington for years too. That you came gingerly to the Tea Party revolution that started after the bloodletting of 2006. You were not too sure that clinging to conservative principles was the way to go, that moderation may have been the key.

Somehow you were able to maintain your leadership positions, but with stupid and moronic attacks on one of the best members of your caucus seems to be suicide.

Aplikowski signed the letter, "Someone from the real America who thinks some members of Congress are unAmerican, the President is trying to destroy the country I love, and that the problem with the Republican party is not people like Bachmann but rather the people that have been leading it for the last decade or two."

Yesterday, Boehner and Cantor posted a response to the letter on the GOP Leader Blog, insisting they are "proud" to serve with Rep. Bachmann.  The Congressmen also offered some banal tropes like "Republicans have real solutions" and "We're the Party of real hope and change."

While Boehner and Cantor stated that the original story relied on "unnamed" sources, they did not explicitly refute Politico's reporting. 

The letter is no longer available online, but a screenshot appears below:

**Update: The Huffington Post's Sam Stein has more.