Skip to Content

Michele Bachmann on swine flu: She'll monitor and make sure officials have resources to stop its spread

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who's got people of all political persuasions anxious to see what she says next, weighed in today on swine flu:

“It has come to my attention that a Minnesotan with close ties to the Sixth District is possibly infected with the swine flu.  I am grateful that the individual appears to be recovering, and I want to assure Sixth District residents that I am closely monitoring the situation to ensure that state and local officials have the necessary resources to alert the public and prevent this occurrence from spreading further.

“Later today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and officials from the Center for Disease Control will be holding a bi-partisan briefing to provide an update to Members of Congress, and I will provide updates to the district.”

Her office notes: Officials have advised individuals who suspect they may be infected to call their doctor before going out in public and urged healthy individuals to avoid health clinics.  Furthermore, they have advised all to remain calm.  For more information on precautions you can take, you can go here

Get MinnPost's top stories in your inbox

Comments (6)

Isn't this just ducky? Last week Michele Bachmann called for Janet Napolitano's resignation, this week her office claims she will be working with Napolitano. Bachmann appears to be trying to do some damage control for her bizarre Swine Flu statements.

http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com/2009/04/st-cloud-times-bachmann-makes.html

The St Cloud Times contacted Bachmann for comment about her Swine flu statements. It appears that Bachmann is doing what she typically does - going to another media outlet to respond - and change the subject.

West Central Tribune, Worthington Daily Globe also weigh in:

http://www.dglobe.com/event/article/id/21852/

"Congresswoman Michele Bachmann looks more and more like a politician with permanent foot-in-mouth disease.

Yes, the 6th District Republican representative is opened her mouth again and, surprise, says something — either outrageous or wrong.

This week it was both.

Bachmann said Monday that she found it was an “interesting coincidence” that the last swine flu outbreak occurred under a Democratic president. She said that the current swine flu outbreak under Obama was similar to a swine flu outbreak in 1976.

However, Bachmann was wrong, again.

The 1976 swine flu outbreak occurred under Republican President Gerald Ford. The 1976 outbreak started when an Army private died and four other soldiers were hospitalized at Fort Dix in New Jersey. Democratic President Jimmy Carter continued the swine flu shot program when he actually took office in early 1977."

Wasn't it just last week that Bachmann was making a floor speech in the House, demanding Napolitano's resignation over some manufacured outrage or another? I imagine that Napolitano and the DHS will do everything they can for Bachmann's constituents--in spite of her.

-- Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who's got people of all political persuasions anxious to see what she says... --

Mission Accomplished

A bipartisan briefing? Somehow thinking of a health alert briefing in terms of "bipartisan" is emphasizing partisanship. I will never understand her.

Rep Bachmann says
"I am closely monitoring the situation to ensure that state and local officials have the necessary resources to alert the public and prevent this occurrence from spreading further."

It sounds like Rep Bachmann is willing to direct some federal dollars towards solving local problems. Perhaps this 'big government' thing isn't so bad after all.

Wow! Ms. Bachman is monitoring the situation. I feel safer already :/