Georgia Republican announces latest money-making scheme
On September 24, Georgia's most notorious and outspoken Republican - Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene - took to Twitter to share news of her latest money-making venture. She was apparently excited to announce her first book, imaginatively titled "MTG", and teased her followers with promises of a "tell all book".
According to Georgia's Taylor-Greene, those who buy the book can:
"Read all the news that the media never reported, and the stories I never told, until now."
The specifics of the secret stories that the book will reveal are not clear, but those who visit the website of her publisher to buy the book at a price of $30 can also opt for the 'Patriot Bundle' which will equip them with an accompanying baseball cap emblazoned with 'Trump'.
It seems likely then that MTG's political idol - the one-term former president Donald Trump - will feature heavily in the publication.
Can the book improve MTG's standing with Trump?
It's not yet clear whether there is any formal partnership between Georgia's Taylor-Greene and Trump, in spite of her bundling a Trump-branded hat together with her book. There have been suggestions that the book represents an attempt by MTG to reignite her chances of being selected as Trump's running mate and candidate for vice president in the event he were chosen as the Republican nominee.
Taylor-Greene has been a rumored running mate for Trump for many months, and recently reaffirmed her interest in the position. Meanwhile there have also been rumors that she was falling out of favor with various of Trump's advisors, which had led to her chances of being selected as his running mate diminishing.
Perhaps then, the publication of her "tell all" story really is viewed by MTG as a last-ditch attempt to get back in Trump's good books? At the very least, it seems likely that the publication will be timed to support other political moves by MTG, just as was the case when Florida Republican Ron DeSantis published his own book around the same time as he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination.
DeSantis' book went on to sell more copies in its first week than books by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
MTG's fundraising efforts
It may well be that Georgia's Taylor-Greene is publishing the book to make money rather than for any political aim. She has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to raise money for her political campaigning by exploiting topics that are currently in the public eye.
In May of this year, in the midst of her so-called 'Impeachment Week' MTG used Twitter to promote her latest range of fundraising merchandise. The products - mainly t-shirts and baseball caps - were emblazoned with the slogan 'Defund the FBI', referencing her sentiments towards the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an institution that she has repeatedly attacked.
Earlier this year, as Trump prepared for his first court appearance in New York, she appeared to incite protests and civil unrest after initially encouraging "every single Republican (to) go scorched earth" if Trump was eventually detained.
By such standards, the publication of her "tell all" book would seem like a fairly normal way of making money from supporters. Time will tell whether it becomes a bestseller or not!
Do you think that Marjorie Taylor-Greene is more focused on herself, or on serving those who elected her? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.