In Woodbury, A Fake Bachmann, A Real Plea For Financial Regulation

The Minnesota Nurses Association held a mock press conference at the congresswoman’s office today, part of 60 similar events in 21 states.

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was in Woodbury today answering questions from the press. But not really.

A state nurses group staged a mock press conference—complete with an eight-foot replica of the presidential hopeful—at as part of an effort to get her to support legislation that would tax certain financial transactions.

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) event was coordinated with 60 similar initiatives held in 21 states today (Sept. 1), said John Nemo, communications coordinator for the group.

The “press conference” included questions from fake reporters and answers based on actual comments Bachmann has made to the media. (She was voiced by an MNA member.)

Two MNA members dressed as “Wall Street Fat Cats” whispered things in her ear and occasionally showered the figure with plastic coins and fake bills.

Becky Rogness, press secretary for Bachmann, told Patch that the congresswoman "appreciates hearing from her constituents and values their input."

"Earlier today, Congresswoman Bachmann’s staff was happy to meet with members of the Minnesota Nurses Association in her Woodbury district office," Rogness wrote in an email. "Additionally, staff members in Congresswoman Bachmann’s Washington, D.C., office have also met with the members of the Association to understand their views."

Rogness was unable to get a statement from Bachmann regarding the taxation of certain financial transactions.

Jean Ross, co-president of a National Nurses United, told reporters that the legislation her group is backing would not tax individuals or personal investment portfolios, only financial transactions such as derivatives. She called them “casino” transactions.

Nurses groups across the country and Minnesota today were calling on their federal representatives to support the measure, said Ross, a registered nurse from Bloomington who is also a member of the MNA.

As for why the MNA has decided to champion the financial transaction tax, Nemo said nurses see people suffering every day feel a “social responsibility” for those who were hurt by the U.S. financial crisis.

Staffers at Bachmann’s Woodbury office, located at the Century Avenue Office Park, directed inquiries about the event to her press secretary. MNA members said they have often contacted the congresswoman’s office but has yet to receive a response.

Ross said the financial transaction tax is a nonpartisan issue and the group would also contact Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken.

At the conclusion of the mock press conference, the 40 or so members of the MNA sung “This Land is Your Land” and a tune about Medicaid sung to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Paul September 01, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Staffers at Bachmann’s Woodbury office, located at the Century Avenue Office Park, directed inquiries about the event to her press secretary. MNA members said they have often contacted the congresswoman’s office but has yet to receive a response. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Regarding this quote from the article, above. Why hasn't Michele responded yet? Is she too busy running for President of the Tea Party to care about her constituents, and DO HER JOB in the 6th? Sure looks that way to me.
Kris Janisch September 01, 2011 at 07:18 PM
She's actually in Minnesota today (http://patch.com/A-lBVJ). I haven't heard back from her press secretary yet, but it's only been a couple of hours. The local TV stations were there, so I'm guessing her folks might send out a blanket statement.
D. Knutson September 01, 2011 at 07:42 PM
I'm curious about this statement from Jean Ross.... "Ross said the financial transaction tax is a nonpartisan issue and the group would also contact Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. Given it is a "nonpartisan issue" I hope they give equal time and bring the 8-foot Sen. Franken & Sen Klobuchar puppets to the respective offices and don't wimp out and send them an email or letter..... let's see them show up with the puppets!! If they don't give equal play to other local politicians can we honestly call it a "nonpartisan issue"?
Kris Janisch September 01, 2011 at 08:19 PM
A statement from Bachmann's press secretary has been added to this story.
Paul September 01, 2011 at 11:32 PM
D. Knutson, Your statement that "they give equal time" to Senators Franken and Klobuchar is tone deaf. Our U.S. Senators are accessible to the local media because they are doing their jobs, not spending ALL their time traveling around the country, running for President of the Tea Party. I'd just like to see Michele do her job as well as Amy and Al do. But Mrs. Bachmann is busy running for President of the Tea Party, and doesn't have time to serve her constituents interests..... I'm just pointing this fact out.
D. Knutson September 02, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Paul The "fact" you are attempting to point out is nothing but spin, the fact is the MNA is a union organization and a supporter of the DFL. The fact is about 60 or so of these events were held Sept 1 across the USA, and if you do some fact checking like I did you would know most press conferences were held at Republican Senators and Congressional Reps offices. My "equal time" was referring to the FACT this was a partisan issue, backed by the unions, although they tried to play it off as non-partisan. Bachmann's office issued a statement, but my research this morning turned up no similar statements from our Senators. Maybe the MNA was unable to work it into their schedule yet, but given they feel it is an important issue maybe they should make the time. I'm just pointing the fact out this is a partisan issue, and you clearly are attacking Bachmann while defending e DFL Senators.....
Paul September 02, 2011 at 10:25 PM
I'm gonna assume everything you've written here is correct. You seem to have done your homework. That said, in view of all these facts, exactly what equal time do you expect MNA to give to our fine, fine US Senators? Also, when is Michele going to start working FOR the 6th again...........assuming she ever did?
D. Knutson September 03, 2011 at 01:21 AM
The equal time is simple, just make Al & Amy puppets and hold a press conference at their respective offices just like they did in Woodbury.   Everybody knows that the DFL controls the White House and the Senate. Most people would go lobby their strengths, but some don't, you probably know the type.  Some people would rather complain about everyone else and blame them instead of working on a solution themselves.   Everybody knows is easier to blame others for something than to work for a solution.   I'm curious, you say Michele hasn't been working for the 6th, but I'm wondering if Al even came back to Minnesota during the August recess, or if he's still making us proud by napping in Senate Chambers.   I'm pretty sure I missed all of his and Amy's local town hall meeting schedules. Paul, would it be okay if you provided us out of touch people with a list of all of those events where they were working hard for Minnesota?
Paul September 04, 2011 at 03:41 PM
D.K., I'm not going to provide a list of events. I'm not a librarian. But I can tell you I've actually seen Franken and Amy K., - YES, this Summer - in Minnesota, live, with my own eyes. Saw 'em both. Haven't seen Michele. She's been too busy in Iowa, S. Carolina, New Hampshire, and lots of other states, besides our own. PS - "D", the DFL doesn't control the WH, DFL is a name only used in MN. In the rest of the country, the party's name is "Democratic".....just a little FYI, Pal!
D. Knutson September 04, 2011 at 04:27 PM
I'm curious, you appear to know all of the places that Michele has been, and even though you claim to have actually seen our Senators you don't have a clue what they are doing. Also, what they've actually been doing here in Minnesota in August, let alone be able to provide verifiable facts on what they have actually accomplished. Thanks for trying to explain the DFL thing..... but that acronym really is code... DFLiberals, not Democrats.. Thanks for helping us with librarian thing, now we know where to check to find out about events. I thought Librarians were at a library where books are... Thank's for the edumacation stuff Pal
Paul September 05, 2011 at 10:15 PM
It should also be pointed out, that the miserable jobs report in August happened BECAUSE of the actions of the Terrrorists in Tea Party. They held the economy hostage and were willing to KILL it for their own, senseless and dismal aims. Only a bunch of fools, like the Tea Pary could think that threatening to KILL the economy would be good for business. As a business-owner, I have been hurt by the Tea Party, and what they have done to our economy. Let's vote ALL the Tea Party out in 2012.
D. Knutson September 06, 2011 at 12:20 AM
It should be pointed out that.... You missed reporting all the places the MN Senators have been. Nobody has brought up the jobs thing until you did, and thanks for doing that, Mr HopeAndChange has had 2 years for making change, and that's all most people have left in their pockets, change. Has anybody missed the fact that the DEMOCRATS (hope I used the correct term Paul) were in control of Congress and the Senate but could not make the change and that's possibly why they lost that control?? So tell us Paul, how has the TEA party hurt your business? Also, please let us know how many permanent people you were able hire because of the hope and change stimulus program. The TEA Party was 2-years behind "hope and change", in fact the current newbies have had less time to screw things up than those that had that 2-year head start. The fact is the economy is in far worse shape than it was when Mr O-blame-a took office. Tell us how the TEA party hurt your business, you might be able to help a lot of people understand the overall in pact if the TEA party on the economy What ever is easier for you, the TEA party impact On your business, the economy, or both.
Paul September 06, 2011 at 11:11 AM
DK, Again, no lists coming from me, I'm not gonna be reporting on Al & Amy. I have a business to run. But I've seen them both in Minnesota - in the past couple of months. The Press has reported Michele is going all over the country - EXCEPT in Minnesota. The Tea Party has slammed all businesses in this country by trying to get the government to default on its debts; by shaking consumer confidence and creating massive uncertainty. The Tea Party has actively fought to bring the economy to its knees. My company almost had to shut down in April because of the manufactured crisis the GOP in DC gave us this Spring. & remember the MN GOP-led shutdown in July? It really hurt all of us. Thank God Dayton decided to end it, by accepting a painful compromise with the GOP Pirates. The stimulus created jobs for factory & construction workers, teachers, police, firemen & many other people. Real jobs. Everyone who's looked at the stimulus objectively knows it's worked.....except the Tea Party. Facts don't fit their false reality. PS - The economy's in worse shape than when Obama was inaugurated? Huh?? In late 2008 and early 2009, the American economy declined BIGtime - at a rate not seen since the Great Depression. Your saying that the economy is worse now than when President Obama entered the White House, is like blaming the EMT for a horrific car crash. The EMT didn't cause the crash, he's saving the survivors. Bachmann and the Repubs haven't helped at all.
D. Knutson September 06, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Paul Once again no answers to the comments and just a bunch of nonsense claims with no basis. The real laugher though is blaming Bush for this all..... Mr HopeAndChange had 2-years controlling the House & Senate and could only get us a Health Care Plan that nobody wants and a stimulus plan that cost over $200,000 per job and they were not even permanent jobs. We have been listening to the President talking about "Jobs" being important for months, yet in August no jobs were created under his watch. The liberal talking points are always the same, it's the GOP, it's the TEA Party, it's Bush's fault, don't blame us, blame them.. I love your Dayton comment the most, the same Dayton that said he would not shut Government down did, and basically got nothing in return. His shining star is the fact the State bought the old Zypher tracks so it can be a bike trail funded by taxpayers. Let's not forget they need to build a bridge at Manning and one on Hiway 95 which will be at taxpayer expense. Let's see you blame that on Bush, the GOP, or the TEA Party... You guys always want more taxes, so let's start by taxing those that use the trails via an annual fee just like parks and fishing, and put the money directly into the trails and not take it from the citizens that don't use it.....
Paul September 07, 2011 at 01:09 AM
DK You're living in a fantasy world. Financially-based recessions like the one Bush left in 2008 take a great deal of time to heal. The wisdom of the American people is that they blame Bush for the recession 2 to 1. Put that in your pipe, and smoke it.
Paul September 07, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Is Bachmann's campaign over? http://www.polimerican.com/bachmann-finished/ I hope not!
Ken Coy September 07, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Something I'm concerned about in this debate between Mr. Knutson and Mr. ??? is that Mr. ??? keeps slamming the Democrat Party and telling us how ineffective and incompetent they are. Yet, he apparently believes that they should be voted for. I think he's just pulling our leg. Seriously, if they're that screwed up, he can't be serious about supporting them.
Paul September 08, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Hey Kenny, I never said the Democrats were ineffective and incompetent. Never. The Republicans' policies led to the ruin of our economy in 2008. You obviously have very poor reading comprehension. Would you like a referral to an English teacher? Could really help you, honestly.
D. Knutson September 08, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Paul In case you missed it, the Democrats controlled both the House and Senate from 2006 until 2010, and the last time I checked that's where most policies are set, so your claims that the Republicans' ruined the economy are nothing more than a red herring.....
Ken Coy September 08, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Mr. ??? - My reading comprehension is just fine, thank you. You have done nothing but complain about how ineffective and incompetent the Democrats are. 1) Democrats controlled Congress and the budget process for the last two years that Bush was in office, but they were so ineffective and incompetent that "dummy" Bush ran roughshod over them. 2) Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress during the first two years of Obama's reign, yet they were so ineffective and incompetent that they apparently couldn't accomplish anything because of the minority Republicans. 3) Democrats still control the White House and Senate, but are so ineffective and incompetent that they can't accomplish what they want because of the Republicans. 4) Democrats controlled the MN legislature the entire time Pawlenty was in office, yet they were so ineffective and incompetent that the all-powerful Governor ran everything. 5) Now, the Democrats control the Governor, but can't seem to get anything past the suddenly all-powerful legislature because of Dayton's ineffectiveness and incompetence. You may not be using the words, but that's the picture you paint everytime you try to blame the Republicans for everything.
Paul September 08, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, Everything you've written above is incorrect. I haven't complained about the Democrats. The conclusions you've come to above, are all factually incorrect. But thank you for your comments, and for sharing your thoughts. It's a free country, Thank God.


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