Garrison Keillor: Michele Bachmann Is 'Embarrassing'

Humorist slams Tea Party star, supports her Democratic rival

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2010 1:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – Garrison Keillor has appealed to fellow Minnesotans to get rid of Michele Bachmann in the midterm elections, calling her "embarrassing" to their home state. The Tea Party-backed Bachmann is "so busy grandstanding and giving interviews on Fox News that she doesn't have time to serve the people who elected her," Keillor writes in a letter of support for Bachmann's Democratic challenger, Tarryl Clark, the Huffington Post reports.

"Minnesota's 6th District has some of the highest foreclosure and unemployment rates in the state, but in an interview with the St. Cloud Times, Congresswoman Bachmann was unable to name any 'substantive' legislation she had passed," Keillor writes. "Instead of working to solve problems, Bachmann talks about us as a 'nation of slaves' and about the need for smaller government even though she knows better—the biggest part of big government is military spending, Social Security, and Medicare. Which would she do away with?"

In this Feb. 9, 2010 photo, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.
In this Feb. 9, 2010 photo, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.   (AP)
Radio show host Garrison Keillor works in his Prairie Home Productions office in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.
Radio show host Garrison Keillor works in his Prairie Home Productions office in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009.   (AP)
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