Michele Bachmann had quite a reputation among her colleagues in the Minnesota state house in the 2000s. Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz reports that fellow state senators "quickly labeled her a conspiracy theorist." And they weren't shy about it either: "When she spoke on the Senate floor or in committee meetings, they mockingly rolled their pointer fingers in the air to symbolize black helicopters."
In February 2007, well before Obama was in office, Bachmann co-signed a letter to the EPA urging its officials to help fund technical assistance programs and rural water initiatives "in small communities across Minnesota." The authors of the letter, which included nearly the entire Minnesota congressional delegation at the time, noted that FY 2006 funding for the National Rural Water Association had been set at $11 million. "We need to continue these efforts in 2007," they wrote. ...In a Feb. 2, 2010, letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, she asked the agency to support a $270,806 grant application (filed with the EPA's Clean Diesel Grant Program) that would help a St. Cloud bus company replace two older motor coach vehicles.
The thing about Bachmann's pitch, which I've now seen three versions of in Iowa, is that it's laced with stories about how she acted behind closed doors. She led the fight against TARP, and gave Paulson what-for! She led the fight against health care reform! She likes to tell a new story about a confrontation in the White House when she asked President Obama "what's your plan to save Medicare?" and he responded "mumble, mumble, mumble, Obamacare." Behind other closed doors, she was working the system like anyone else.
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