One of the most extremist candidates being pushed for federal office by Republicans this year is Michele Bachmann, who also happens to be the candidate opposing Patty Wetterling in MN 6. As a Minnesota legislator, Bachmann co-authored legislation to force schools to teach creationism. She opposes any minimum wage whatsoever.
Bachmann, a weird combination of Katherine Harris, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Ann Coulter, attacked Wetterling, who became a national advocate for child safety legislation after her son Jacob was abducted at gunpoint in 1989, and accused her of playing politics with her advocacy.
"What just seems ironic here is that she's more interested, at least from her TV ad, about going after Republicans than protecting the innocence of children," Bachmann told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Wetterling said giving the Saturday radio address was very difficult for her. "It's tied too closely to Jacob's abduction. It's really hard," she said.
Responding to Bachmann's comments, she said, "Nobody was more disheartened than I to find this out. I know Mark Foley; he's a man who's done good things in terms of legislation for missing and exploited children. The betrayal hit me on a very personal level."