Congressman Erik Paulsen says the recent comments made by fellow Republican Michele Bachmann about Islamic fundamentalists infiltrating high levels of U.S. government were “not appropriate” and “not accurate.”
Paulsen offered his take on the flap today following his appearance at a Minnesota House committee hearing on federal health care issues. Bachmann has faced bipartisan criticism for suggesting with some other GOP members of Congress that Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and a top state department staffer have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Paulsen would not say whether Bachmann owes anyone an apology.
“Well, I’ll just say I don’t agree with her comments, and I don’t think they were right to go after an administration official without any background that would prove otherwise,” Paulsen said. “It’s up to her to kind of handle that on her own now.”
Asked if he believes there are any links between U.S. government officials and the Muslim Brotherhood Paulsen answered with an emphatic no.