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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green23
green23 topcommenter

It'll be really interesting to see which faction of the MNGOP will get the nomination. The Sixth will be a relatively safe Republican District for a few more cycles now, but Kline is the next vulnerable wingnut in line for the midterms. If Franken gets re-elected ( which he will), it will prove that the MNGOP has no juice state-wide anymore; just rural concentrations in counties with declining numbers. Their purchase orders are already about as welcomed as Confederate money, and they have nobody to run for state-wide office. The current path of the MNGOP is a dead end; demographically, politically, and rhetorically. It's less of a Party than it's a geezer mind-control cult with a huge marketing budget.

Hardley Noel
Hardley Noel

See how Relevant MB is. Top of the headlines all day. See how irrelevant CP is.133 likes. Pathetic.

Al Cady
Al Cady

Hate mongering, thy name is Bachmann.

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

City Pages will have nothing to report on anymore...

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Impressive hate-mongering from this site. Very mature. Go Minnesota!

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

She is a total embarassment. Period.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Michele not running is the best thing that can happen to Minnesota. I get that we get sick of the norm (Ventura), but it seems to me the smartest and best find a way of lasting the longest. You can't hide stupidity for too long. She catered to the paranoid and ignorant right. That side needs to lose a voice. Next up. Sarah Palin.

kennyX
kennyX

@Hardley Noel  This is because jealous, government-tit-sucking Liberal scum hates Michelle Bachmann because she is a successful, educated, charitable, millionaire businesswoman while they are nothing but welfare collecting whiners who will never accomplish anything in their lives.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Jean Claude Cau There is no shortage of stupid Republicans.   

bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

@Damian Amberg Oh lawdy, lawd!  The ButtHurt is palpable among the Bachmann apologists!

kennyX
kennyX

@green23 And you think that the DFL is not a mind control cult with a huge marketing budget? LOL!  

Onan
Onan

@kennyX You realize Bachmann was receiving Federal subsidies (aka "Corporate Welfare") to the tune of over $250k for her "farm" and that the Bachmann's were paid by the state for all 23 of their "foster" children., right? Hypocrisy, thy name is "Bachmann".

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