Iowa pastors line-up behind Bachmann

With the Iowa Straw Poll barely a week away, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann is touting a list of more than 100 Iowa pastors who are backing her candidacy.

“Many of the evangelical leaders offered support after hearing her testimony and witnessing how her faith guides her strong leadership on critical issues such as marriage, life, and the overbearing impact of government policies on the family,” the press release states.

One of those leaders is Pastor Brad Cranston.

“Michele has fearlessly taken a stand for life and traditional marriage, while championing fiscally conservative legislation,” he said.

Bachmann’s faith is at the fore of her campaign. Political analysts say it will help her woo the same conservative Iowa voters who lined-up behind 2008 GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, a former pastor. Huckabee surprised everyone by coming in second in the 2007 straw poll.

  • Jamie

    A line-up of pastors? Wierd.

  • Bill Prendergast

    Reporter Richert writes:

    “Bachmann’s faith is at the fore of her campaign. Political analysts say it will help her woo the same conservative Iowa voters who lined-up behind 2008 GOP candidate Mike Huckabee…”

    Yeah yeah yeah, that’s what I’ve been writing about for the past year or so, in different forms and forums. But it seems to “count” if MPR and other news outlets discover that it’s true, waaaay after the fact.

    For example, before Bachmann was elected to her first congressional term in 2006, I wrote in to this blog and begged MPR’s Bob Collins to start acquainting MPR’s Minnesota audience with the role that conservative evangelical politics was playing in Bachmann’s agenda.

    Collins responded by telling me (and other readers) that he couldn’t see how Bachmann’s particular faith was any more relevant reporting on her, than *his* faith was to understanding him. Stupid, improbably stupid and ignorant at the same time (because he was presented with evidence from Bachmann’s own mouth, the stuff that is appearing in the national news publications this year…)

    But Collins take at the time was that issue of faith was largely irrelevant, her belief in prophecy and visions and faith-based homophobia was largely irrelevant. And Collins was the big honcho on the blog at the time, so his judgment–became an MPR “don’t cover that critical angle” policy!

    But now, all of a sudden (about five years later) it’s suddenly *okay* for an MPR reporter to point out that Michele “Bachmann’s faith is at the fore of her campaign.” What happened? Did Collins quit? Was he fired? Or did he send out a memo to everyone that it was now okay to begin public reporting on this particular truth about Bachmann’s career (her heavy career-long connections to the religious right), five years after it was originally reported to MPR?

    Or did you guys at MPR just learn about this “big news” this month, by reading about it in back issues of Rolling Stone and the City Pages?

  • http://justdfacsmaam.wordpress.com MarkNS

    One more reason not to vote for her.