Meet the Radio Preacher Who Backs Bachmann

But she keeps him at arm's length
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2011 4:29 PM CDT
Meet the Radio Preacher Who Backs Bachmann
Evangelical radio host Bradlee Dean supports Michele Bachmann.   (YouTube, Associated Press)

(Newser) – Drug-addled-rocker-cum-evangelical-radio-host Bradlee Dean has won many conservative fans, the New York Times reports. One is apparently Michele Bachmann. She has spoken on Dean's show, but keeps the connection low-profile—perhaps because Dean has commented on executing gays, and says President Obama has done more harm to America than Osama bin Laden. Still, Dean has proven his political allegiance by suing NBC, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, and others for "willfully and maliciously" harming Bachmann's campaign.

Dean and Bachmann are both anti-gay, pro-Tea Party, pro-religion in public schools, and dismissive of global warming. Dean used to preach his message to children by performing at schools with his Christian rap/metal band, Junkyard Prophet—but ran into complaints about religious advocacy. "Bradlee Dean is one of the worst because he is so extreme and overtly proselytizes," says the head of a church-state watchdog group. But Dean, who says he found God in a sports bar, sees his critics as the extremists: "If I say anything with any sense of morality, it is viewed as religious." (Read more Michele Bachmann 2012 stories.)

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