The REAL question of the hour is: is Rep. Michele Bachmann trying to make physically running away from reporters an Olympic sport? The latest 100 yard dash:
At a joint press conference Tuesday with a Republican state senator from Minnesota, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was rushed out of the room by aides and shielded from reporters as soon as she was questioned about potential ethics violations committed during her 2012 presidential campaign, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Bachmann was conducting the press conference with state Sen. Sean Nienow (R) to discuss problems related to Medicaid reimbursement rates. But the congresswoman and tea party champion was ultimately asked about allegations of campaign finance violations from her White House bid last year, which could lead to an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.
When that subject was broached, “aides closed in blocking reporters and photographers and ushered her out of the room,” according to the Star Tribune.
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Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.