2:11pm May 29, 2013

No Legislation, Tons of TV and Attacks on Black Farmers: Good Riddance to Michelle Bachmann


Sound and fury. If high staff turnover, appearing on Fox News and going after Black farmers could lower debt and taxes, the congressional career of Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) would be a huge success. Since Bachmann has decided not to run for re-election in 2014, after almost losing in 2012, it will probably give her more time for TV appearances and direct Palin-like PR.

But there is also trouble on the horizon in the form of multiple ethics investigations of her 2012 presidential campaign.

Unfortunately for those in the sixth congressional district in Minnesota, much of Bachmann’s congressional career has consisted of TV hits capped by a failed presidential run. Bachmann has never sponsored any legislation that has become law — even with her party holding the majority in the House.  Ripping a page out of the political PR playbook of Sarah Palin, Bachmann appeared as a talking head more than as a bill sponsor.

Her constituents appeared to have noticed.  Last November she came within 4,298 of losing even though she had $15 million dollars in her campaign war chest. Bachmann is currently under investigation by the FBI for alleged misconduct related to her failed 2012 presidential campaign.

Bachmann (R-MN), along with Rep. Steve King (R-IA), made those advocating for Black farmers who won a loan discrimination case against the Department of Agriculture, into a number one target. In recent years, she and King have had a funny habit of declaring there was “fraud” connected to the settlement money for Black farmers — while at the same time offering no proof and ignoring billions in settlement money going to women, Indians and Hispanics who had also won discrimination cases against he U.S. government. Her nonexistent legislative record doesn’t include legislation passed with regard to her accusations against those receiving settlement money.

Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty noticed Bachmann’s legislative inactivity.

“PolitiFact checked Pawlenty’s attack and found it to be mostly true — Bachmann hasnever sponsored anything that became law. The congresswoman “seems to prefer offering legislation that makes a bold statement” and “does not have many legislative victories under her belt,” PolitiFact wrote.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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  1. Mike kReuger

    Good riddance is Absolutely Right, Correct and an Understatement. Why the good people of that state saw fit to put that piece of garbage in office is beyond comprehension. She’s a CUNT and I’d like to punch her in her cocksucker and then see what kinda shit she has to spew.
    With all my best….Mike.

  2. I’m hope she never get involved in any type of politics again. She’s too bias against blacks.

  3. Greg

    That is what’s wrong with this country is no good politicians like that woman.

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