Bachmann announcement: DFL and GOP statements appear to be about two different people

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On the heels of Michele Bachmann's "I-will-not-seek-re-election" bombshell this morning, both sides of the political aisle have been clamoring to weigh in.

But while GOPers are hailing their congresswoman's service, the DFL isn't sparing her any potshots on her way out. Instead, comments from both parties underline her power as a polarizing force: The statements from the Minnesota DFL Chairman and the National Republican Congressional Committee appear to be about two completely different people.

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"Minnesota's long national embarrassment is coming to an end," begins a statement from Minnesota DFL Chairman Ken Martin. "When you think of some of the national leaders we have sent to Washington D.C. from Minnesota - people like Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Gene McCarthy, Orville Freeman, and others - it was such a tragedy that our state was represented by someone like Michelle Bachmann who was so out of the mainstream of even her conservative-leaning district."

From there, Martin keeps laying it on. Like: "Bachmann's legislative accomplishments are slim to none." Or: "Bachmann spent her time in Congress advancing her own political ambition at the expense of the people she was elected to represent." And: "Bachmann knew that her political future was in deep jeopardy."

Meanwhile, a statement from National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden -- while not exactly glowing -- praises Bachmann as "a tireless advocate and dedicated Representative."

"Michele was the first Republican woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives," says Walden, "and she has worked hard each day."

We know what Martin would say to that -- that the hard work Bachmann did was in the interest of, as he concludes at the end of his statement, seeking "the national spotlight for personal gain."

Page two has the full statements from both parties.

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