12/16/2011 05:05 pm ET

Bachmann Attacked By South Carolina Tea Party Leaders

Nearly a month after a SC spokesman for Rep. Michele Bachmann accused Newt Gingrich of trying to buy off the state's Tea Party leaders by bringing them on as staffers, more than a dozen of the movement's leaders are fighting back.

In a strongly worded letter issued Friday afternoon, 13 leaders of the SC Tea Party movement accused her of "attacking the tea party movement by accusing tea party supporters of Newt Gingrich of being bought off" and said she has escalated the battle by making it national news by discussing it with John King on CNN Wednesday night.

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