One Billboard Outside Minneapolis The message was simple: “Michele Bachmann, NO. — God.” However cryptic to outsiders, everyone in Minnesota knew exactly what it meant. The former congresswoman and darling of the Tea Party had made quite a show of deciding whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken, telling televangelist Jim Bakker that she was asking the Lord for advice. And up went the billboard, complete with an image of a hoary God. When Bachmann decided not to run, Minnesota Public Radio ran the headline: “Michele Bachmann: No sign from God so no run for Senate.” The billboard had been paid for through crowdfunding, so it may be said that not God but the people had spoken.