Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has included Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on its list of the “Most Embarrassing Re-elects” in 2010.
She listed as No. 1 (PDF) but only because the list is alphabetical.
Bachmann’s office told MinnPost’s Derek Wallbank that they won’t be commenting on the rankings.
The Washington-based CREW, which says it “uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests,” has this to say about Bachmann:
“Rep. Bachmann is notorious for claiming God told her to run for Congress. She also used her official congressional website to organize a rally against health care reform, and called for an investigation into the “anti-American” views of fellow members of Congress.
“In November 2009, CREW filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, calling for an investigation into whether Rep. Bachmann violated House rules by using her official website to organize a rally opposing a health care reform bill on U.S. Capitol grounds. Rep. Bachmann also failed to obtain a proper permit for the demonstration.”
The group also notes:
“On October 17, 2008, Rep. Bachmann appeared on MSNBC’s ‘Hardball with Chris Mathews,’ where she accused Sen. Barack Obama of harboring anti-American views and associating with a terrorist.
“At one point in the interview, Rep. Bachmann seemed to equate liberalism with anti-Americanism. She prompted comparisons to Sen. Joe McCarthy when she called on the media to conduct a ‘penetrating exposé’ to discover which members of Congress were ‘pro-America or anti-America.’
“A few days later, Rep. Bachmann partially recanted her remarks, claiming she had ‘made a big mistake’ going on a show she had never seen and conceding she “should not have used” the phrase ‘anti-American.’ Rep. Bachmann also denied making disparaging remarks about Sen. Obama and calling for a media-led inquisition into Congress’ alleged ‘anti-American’ views. Yet at a fundraiser in March 2010, she said that her words had proven prophetic. ‘I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views,’ Rep. Bachmann said. ‘And now I look like Nostradamus.’ “
Crew’s whole list:
- 1) Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
- 2) Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX)
- 3) Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
- 4) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
- 5) Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
- 6) Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
- 7) Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
- 8) Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
- 9) Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
- 10) Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
- 11) Rep. Don Young (R-AK)