Marcus Bachmann: The City Pages Interview

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Marcus Bachmann: first husband wannabe, therapist, and bill-collector?
Throughout Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign, her husband, Marcus, has remained stubbornly in the shadows.

Even after allegations that his Christian counseling center provides gay reparative therapy, Marcus still stayed virtually silent.

But now Marcus is coming out swinging, and demanding $150 in payment from the patient who exposed the practice with an undercover video.

City Pages called Bachmann to find out if a voice-mail message to that patient really came from him. To our shock, he actually called us back and gave City Pages an exclusive interview.

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John Becker appearing on Fox News in Vermont
John Becker, an undercover agent for Truth Wins Out, went to five appointments at Bachmann & Associates in Lake Elmo this past June and told his therapist, Timothy Wiertzema, that he didn't want to be gay anymore.

After Becker videotaped Wiertzema saying his homosexuality might "subside" or be coaxed to a "manageable" level, Becker packed up and returned to Vermont with the scoop. And that seemed to be the end of that.

Then on Monday, Becker received a surprise voice mail from Dr. Bachmann himself, demanding a $150 no-show payment for two therapy sessions Becker booked but didn't attend.

Becker returned the call, and allowed a Fox affiliate in Burlington to tape it.

"I half didn't expect him to answer," says Becker.

Voicemail from Marcus Bachmann by user6446359


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The "gay barbarians" outside the same Lake Elmo clinic Becker visited.
City Pages decided to give Bachmann a call to find out if the story was true. We never expected to hear back. After all, we're the ones who put Bachmann in a Cher video.

To our surprise, the notoriously media-shy doctor returned the call and chatted about Becker for several minutes. Read the whole conversation below:

City Pages: I'm just calling to find out if I could get a quick comment and also to make sure that was really you.

Marcus Bachmann:
You mean, did I call John Becker and leave a message about the bill that he owes?

CP:
Yes.

MB:
Yes.

CP:
His version of the story is that he already canceled those two appointments and you're saying that cancellation never happened.

MB:
Exactly.

CP: So he owes $150.

MB:
Ah, he owes us money.

CP:
The message they're putting out is that this is politically motivated, you're angry at them for doing this exposé work that they did. Do you have any response to that?

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Marcus Bachmann talks to City Pages.
MB: No, well, it's not politically motivated at all. He owes money to our business and he should pay for it. The appointments were not canceled and the therapist was -- because if they're canceled then the therapist can see other clients, and because they were not canceled and the therapist couldn't see clients, he was financially out the money. He owes the money. He's saying that he canceled them. We have all records. We have all voice messages and he did not cancel his appointment. So at this point, it's going to be his word against ours, but on a principle basis, if a person owes a bill they should pay for it.



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