Bachmann Offers Doctor's Note to Downplay Migraines
He says they occur 'infrequently,' are under control
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2011 5:23 PM CDT
Rep. Michele Bachmann in a file photo from July 13.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann is trying to put the migraine issue to rest quickly: She released a letter from her doctor today in which he says her migraines "occur infrequently" and that she's got them under control with two common prescription drugs that she takes as needed, reports the Huffington Post. The migraines "have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid," he writes. Bachmann herself made a similar statement yesterday after the Daily Caller alleged that she is frequently debilitated by the headaches.

Today, Politico (among others) kept the story in play with more specifics and quotes from former staffers, concluding that the headaches have a "pervasive impact on her congressional office." The story matters, writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post: It's "the first major bump" in her campaign, and the big question is whether the "migraine stories are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to former staffers venting or represent the full extent of the critique of Bachmann that will be offered by former employees." Click for more and for a link to the doctor's full letter.