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Fellow Republicans to Bachmann: Stand up and be counted

The flap over 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s planned boycott of the U.S.

The flap over 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s planned boycott of the U.S. Census continues, with three fellow Republicans on the subcommittee that oversees the census asking her to stand up and be counted.

A New York Times political blog says Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and John Mica of Florida, members of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Achieves worry that if Bachmann boycotts, others might, too.

 “Boycotting the constitutionally mandated Census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country,” they said in a statement Wednesday. “Furthermore, a boycott opens the door for partisans to statistically adjust census results.”

Responded Dave Dziok, Ms. Bachmann’s spokesperson:

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“We appreciate their views and hope to be able to work with them to keep ACORN — which has earned public mistrust through its repeated voter registration fraud — out of the census.”