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Wetterling delivers radio address

WCCO says she "rails against GOP" in this morning's Democratic radio response to President Bush's weekly address.

I don't know if I would use the term "rail"-- from the transcript, she seems much calmer and more reasonable than that word would imply. On Google News, other media outlets are running this story with the more neutral "criticizes," and some with the more violent "jabs" instead of the word "rails." One could make an interesting analysis of the political neutrality of a particular outlet looking at how they choose to re-work AP headlines. But that's beside the point.

You can read the transcript and listen to the audio of Patty's address here, and decide for yourself.

Seventeen years ago, I committed my self and my work to strengthening penalties for those who harm children and to stopping the sexual exploitation of children. The terrible reality of child sexual abuse is that it almost always involves someone that the child knows. As was the case with Congressman Foley.

Foley sent obvious predatory signals, received loud and clear by members of the congressional leadership, who swept them under the rug to protect their political power.

If a teacher did this and the principal was told but did nothing, once the community found out, that principal would be fired.

If this happened in a church and the minister received information and he did nothing, he'd be fired.

Congressional leaders shouldn't be held to a lower standard than what we expect of our community leaders.


I didn't hear her rail against the GOP in this. She did not make this a partisan thing at all - and she made it broader than about Mark Foley.

Speaking of misleading headlines, Bachmann recently was interviewed by the ECM Publishers editorial Board and the headline read: "Sen. Bachmann's entrance into politics was unexpected; she is seeking 6th District spot in Congress".


But Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek, Bachmann's supporter and former campaign manager, remembered it differently. The recent City Pages cover story on Bachmann said:

"Bill Pulkrabek, the Washington County commissioner, had put together the group of GOP-endorsed candidates, and admits now that there was "a little bit of a backlash about the endorsement. It put up some red flags." Collectively, the five endorsed candidates finished dead last in the field.

"But it was hardly a losing proposition for Bachmann. The school board run is widely credited with raising her political profile for the first time, giving her campaign experience, and endearing her to party kingmakers. Pulkrabek, who was also the GOP's chair for the Stillwater district at the time, notes that the '99 school board race inspired three times the usual turnout. He also says that was the year he met Bachmann, who told him she wanted to run for Laidig's seat. He, instead, encouraged her to run for school board first: "We talked about knocking off Gary later."

Laidig's assessment of Bachmann's Cinderella story was more blunt:

"Absolute bullshit," Laidig says now. "She planned this all along."


So Bachmann lied to the editorial board. You can send your comments to Tim Budig at ECM here: