Letter: Voters can get rid of Bachmann

To the editor:

Once again, the voters of Minnesota’s Sixth District have the opportunity to rid themselves of the “Minnesota Embarrass-ment,” Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. I am getting very tired of having friends and relatives from other states ask me how the voters in the Sixth District can elect someone as crazy as Bachmann. The sad thing is that I can’t come up with an answer since I also wonder the same thing.
Congresswoman Bachmann has the innate ability to make up her own version of what’s happening in the world and believe it’s the Gospel. A good example of this type of fantasy is when she accused Huma Aberdin, a top U.S. State Department official, of being part of a Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to infiltrate the U.S. government.
Republican Sen. John McCain from Arizona, the 2008 presidential candidate, remarked, “When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it.”
Likewise, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said the following July 19 on CNN: “I think accusations like this being thrown around are pretty dangerous.”
Congresswoman Bachmann, in her recent quest to become president, always claimed Iowa as her home. She has proven it must be Iowa that she cares about, since she has done very little for the Sixth District. During her run for president, she missed 90 percent of Congressional votes. This proves that Bachmann is all about Bachmann and not the Sixth District.
Now we have the opportunity to elect Jim Graves as our Sixth District Congressman. He has experience building businesses and will help Congress get back to business. He will work to restore fiscal responsibility, help small businesses create good-paying jobs, end government subsidies for Big Oil, protect Medicare and fight to end the culture of bickering and dysfunction in Congress.
Finally, we can have a conversation with out-of-state relatives and friends and not have to make excuses.

Tim Duerr
Maple Lake