Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann rolled into Monticello last Saturday for her first local “Coffee With Your Congresswoman” visit of the year.
It didn’t take long before the cozy confines of the Caribou Coffee on 100 W. Sixth St. filled with constituents.
Those gathered patiently waited to speak with Bachmann about a full slate of issues. The economy, Second Amendment rights, and the effect of President Barack Obama’s health care reform proposals on the medical device industry topped the list of citizen concerns.
Shortly after walking through the door at 8 a.m., Bachmann moved across to a table and spoke with Monticello resident William Frederickson before signing a copy of her autobiography, “Core of Conviction: My Story” that was released in November 2011.
“The main thing that I talked to her about was gun control laws,” Frederickson said. “She speaks exactly to what I believe. We are losing our Constitutional rights every day. Nowadays, if you have something to say, people like to say you are an extremist one way or the other, and that’s not necessarily so.”
Bachmann released a statement Monday reaffirming her Second Amendment support: “I have been traveling across Minnesota’s Sixth District listening to my constituents’ feedback on gun control. They overwhelmingly support the Second Amendment and are worried about the limitation of their Constitutional rights.”
Calling herself an “unwavering defender of the Second Amendment,” Bachmann said she fully supports law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. “To prevent future tragedies we must address the underlying causes of violence and understand why perpetrators do these unthinkably evil acts,” she said, referencing the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
“The focus needs to be on making our homes, schools, and streets safer—not advancing a political gun control agenda,” she said.
Bachmann met with a large contingent of Wright County elected officials Jan. 28 as part of her districtwide listening tour.
A press release stated that in the month of January, Bachmann visited people from every county of the Sixth District, meeting with more than 150 state and local elected officials, law enforcement officers and business owners.
During these meetings, Bachmann reaffirmed her commitment to supporting transportation projects like expanding Interstate 94 and Highway 10. Bachmann said such projects will ease congestion and make regional roads safer as well as generate more local jobs and economic activity.
District 29B Rep. Marion O’Neill met with Bachmann in early January in St. Paul.
A key discussion topic was expanding Interstate 94 from Rogers to St. Cloud from four to six lanes.
O’Neill said she plans to use her position on the House Transportation Finance Committee to introduce a proposal to move the infrastructure improvements forward. O’Neill said committee chairman DFL Rep. Frank Hornstein, assured the committee such a bill would receive a hearing.
Bachmann’s Washington, D.C.-based Communications Director Dan Kotman reported that Bachmann met with 25 state legislators, 21 county commissioners, 11 mayors, six law enforcement officers and nearly 100 business owners at five different chambers or small businesses during her January district schedule.
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