Bill Pulkrabek, Michele Bachmann's former campaign manager, faces domestic assault charge for Memorial Day strangulation

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Pulkrabek, in the mug shot at left, helped launch Bachmann's political career.
Bill Pulkrabek, a Washington County Commissioner who played a key role in launching Rep. Michele Bachmann's political career, has been jailed on suspicion of domestic assault -- including strangulation.

The 41-year-old real estate broker was arrested Monday afternoon in Woodbury. After booking he posted $25,000 bail.

Initial reports did not specify the victim. Pulkrabek lives in Woodbury with his wife Lori and serves as Washington County commissioner.

The county attorney will consider whether to file felony charges against Pulkrabrek today.

We quoted Pulkrabek extensively in a 2006 cover story detailing Bachmann's rise. She was one of five family-values Republicans he persuaded to run for seats on the Stillwater School Board in 1999 -- a race that traditionally was free of party politics. The five candidates finished last, but the race gave Bachmann a taste for political power.

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Robin Eley
Pulkrabek was quoted extensively in a 2006 CP cover story.
The school board run is widely credited with raising her political profile for the first time, giving her campaign experience, and endearing her to party kingmakers. Pulkrabek, who was also the GOP's chair for the Stillwater district at the time, notes that the '99 school board race inspired three times the usual turnout. He also says that was the year he met Bachmann, who told him she wanted to run for [GOP State Sen. Gary] Laidig's seat. He, instead, encouraged her to run for school board first: "We talked about knocking off Gary later."

And she did. And Laidig told us something that has proved prophetic now that Bachmann is considering a presidential run:

Nobody really knows who she is, and she just comes across as this petite, attractive soccer mom. And that's it. But the fact is, she's part of a group that is absolutely determined to take over the Republican Party. It's that wing of the party that's very much in step with people like Norm Coleman and the Taxpayers League. And the fact is that they know how to run races. Good races, too. From getting delegates to hitting phone banks, they cover it, and Michele's part of that.

Read more: The Chosen One: The Secret of Michele Bachmann's Success
More insanity: www.shitbachmannsays.com


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Karma is a bitch
Karma is a bitch

The girlsfriend/mistresses name has been posted on another citipages blog site.

Skeptical of Everything
Skeptical of Everything

If the police didn't find her credible they would not have arrested Mr. Pulkrabek.  Blaming the victim of the assault is repulsive.

Karma is a bitch
Karma is a bitch

Well, when you personally know the victim and her history of game playing w/ multiple people and men especially, and the accusations that she's put out there to myself and others would also have you questioning her credibility.He's a puke. If he did do it, then yes he needs to be punished by what ever means necessary & I'd gladly kick him in the balls. I do know that she has been with him for at least 3 years. This will unfold interestingly enough. I can only hope that anyone who is reading this, especially if they have been victim to her games, including the wives of a few other men she's had relationships with come out and open her eyes to the chaos she's caused in many lives. That would include anyone that he's boinked other then his wife too! Seems to me that they make the perfect pair! 

Skeptical of Everything
Skeptical of Everything

If Pulkrabek stayed faithful to his wife he would not be in this mess.  If the marriage isn't working, divorce and then get a new girlfriend.  Then he would not have needed LeClaire's place for his trysts.  Pulkrabek has no one to blame but himself.

Thaplnbss
Thaplnbss

I know the 'mistress'. She has a history of wrongly accusing people of horrible things.  I don't know Bill Pulkrebek, but I don't believe a word of it.  Especially since she supposedly told his wife that she was going to "ruin her life, and take all your money."  Highly suspicious.

Guest
Guest

It should be clarified that Bill and his wife Lori are seperated and Lori is living in Oakdale.

Guest
Guest

It should also be noted that the "victim" has a history of accusing men of horriable things. This story may not be as innocent as it seems. If (& a big if) he did it, he should be punished. But the "victim" will have many ppl to convince that her story is true & how odd that she refused medical treatment where photos of the alleged abuse would have been taken...just sayin!

guest
guest

Funny how we throw his name out there but not hers.  I know man do really bad things, but I am also sick of a man automatically being guilty.  He is charged with a felony, 25,000.00 bail..  And she doesn't even need ANY medical attention?  Not even from an EMT to make sure she is OK?

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

The only thing about this that seems funny to me is that the one person who has all this "new" information is posting anonymously. Would CP tell us if "guest" was posting from Bill Pulkrabek's IP address?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Meanwhile the Obama - Klobuchar economy has us at $4 gas, 9% unemployment with a bad jobs report today, 40% plus minority unemployment since Obama took office. Is Klobuchar worried that the War Powers Act has been violated by Obama in regards to Libya? Klobuchar, hi-gas, hi unemployment, high taxes is not the only answer?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Stillwater School Board in 1999 -- a race that traditionally was free of party politics"

Have you forgotten that the teachers, their unions, the NEA, etc. have all been heavily funding the Democrat party for decades. "Free of party politics"Nice attempt to keep the mush minded electorate dumb Hart Von Douchey On a time chart, you can clearly see the direct correlation, of the decline of America's schools, and the teachers unions hopping in bed with democrat party.Follow the money!

This guy is Washington County's "Mr. Environment", & "Mr. Rail Transit."(Check out the board transcripts with his comments)So, wouldn't it be more appropriate to link this guy to the environmental movement?

Sally Jo Sorensen
Sally Jo Sorensen

A lot of us get choked up about Memorial Day, but Bill took it to extremes.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

He should have learned from Ted Kennedy and drove into the river! Better yet, he can lie like the great John Edwards and be forgiven like Clinton the molester!

Don't Start with Me.
Don't Start with Me.

Do you really want to go down that path, good sir? How many family values Republicans have been caught with their pants down? At least when dems do it they don't look so damn hypocritical.

John Titor
John Titor

no reply option on Mn Voter's response to this, but I just wanted to note the best part of that response: there's no censoring of "fuck", but for "ass" (s)he uses dollar signs in place of the letter 's'.

that made me laugh.

i should also add that it's refreshing to see a rational, enlightening, well-thought out political discussion in an online forum. there aren't nearly enough conversations of this caliber, brought forth by intelligent and well-informed citizens, and i commend Mn Voter and Don't Start with Me for their courage in not only having the discussion, but doing so with openness, rather than hiding behind anonymity. (Though I admit those are rather unusual names, but "a rose by any other name " etc.)

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

You dem liberals are all the same, murder, lying, cheating is all ok as long as it is a Democrat. Who the hell cares if some hack from 10 years ago did something. Is this bachmann who did it - NO! Fuck Obama's America. Fuck you too! 9% unemployment, housing crash, losing reserve currency status. That is OBAMA's future for America. He is a failed President and all you stupid Democrats can kiss my a$$

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