ST. PAUL, Minn. - God has finally answered Michele Bachmann's prayers--or at least that's the message of a billboard hanging over St. Paul this week.
The former lawmaker's name sits above a cartoon image of God accompanied by a simple message: "No."
It's presumably a response to an interview Bachmann gave late last year to televangelist Jim Bakker in which she said she's praying to God for an answer about whether to run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken last year in the wake of numerous sexual misconduct allegations.
The billboard sitting above Midway Books on University Avenue claims to be the work of satirical website thegoodlordabove.com, though page managers could not be reached for comment.
In the weeks since her pronouncement Bachmann has stayed mostly silent, giving no indication she plans to enter the political fray this fall. In lieu of a run from the 61-year-old former legislator, the only Republican to declare her candidacy is state Sen. Karin Housley of St. Mary's Point.
Bachmann became a controversial figure both at home and across the country with staunch criticisms of President Obama, as well as several high-profile statements later determined to be false--including assertions that a vaccine for HPV caused developmental disabilities--and her husband's involvement in a gay conversion therapy clinic.
Democrats spent millions in an attempt to unseat her in Minnesota's sixth district, a traditional conservative stronghold that includes St. Cloud and several northern Twin Cities metro suburbs. Her political career ultimately culminated in an unsuccessful run for president in 2012.