Bachmann claimed ex-nun, lesbian tried to abduct her over gay rights

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:50 EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has bragged that she has a “titanium spine,” but an examination of police reports found that the Minnesota congresswoman has been quick to call law enforcement.

Bachmann’s complaints have included people egging her house, activists throwing glitter on her and even a claim of false imprisonment. None of the complaints have ever resulted in arrests, an investigation by The Miami Herald found.

Brad Trandem had a police report filed against him after he berated the congresswoman in an email. “I would also keep a little closer tabs on the dear hubby if I were you,” he wrote in the email.

Recent reports have suggested that Bachmann’s husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, runs a clinic that tries to “cure” homosexuality through prayer.

Trandem told the paper that he wasn’t trying to threaten the family or suggest Dr. Bachmann was gay himself.

After Bachmann sent an email to the Capitol Police with the subject “Email Threat to Rep. Bachmann,” Washington County law enforcement determined Trandem was not a threat.

Perhaps the oddest case involves two women who wanted answers from Bachmann about her stance against marriage equality.

In 2005, the congresswoman ended a town hall event early and rushed to a nearby public restroom when questions arose about her support for a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. Pamela Arnold, a lesbian, and Nancy Cosgriff, a former nun, followed the Minnesota Republican hoping for some answers.

“Help me! Someone get me out of here!” Bachmann reportedly screamed from the bathroom. “Help! You’re holding me against my will!”

“I was amazed and concerned when she erupted in this emotional outburst without provocation… I tried to apologize for any misunderstanding,” Cosgriff told the Herald.

“Arnold, who is just over 5 feet tall, was stunned, and hurried to open the door,” according to The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg. “Bachmann bolted out and fled, crying, to an SUV outside.”

Bachmann later told police that she was “absolutely terrified and has never been that terrorized before as she had no idea what those two women were going to do to her.”

Declining to prosecute, the Washington County attorney wrote, “It seems clear from the statements given by both women that they simply wanted to discuss certain issues further with Ms. Bachmann.”

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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