A new political ad is taking a bite out of Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) over her support for BP. It appears to be the first televised campaign ad to use BP’s spill against a Republican incumbent in Congress.
By the standards of Joe Barton and much of the rest of the GOP caucus, Bachmann’s BP lovin’ is pretty tame. That said, she’s taken $71,450 from the oil and gas industry, which is a lot for a Congresswoman from Minnesota. And Midwestern voters might not stomach a defense of BP as well as would those in Barton’s East Texas.
For what it’s worth, Bachmann calls the ad’s claims “false and misleading.” But her Democratic opponent and the ad’s funder, Tarryl Clark, provides citations for Bachmann’s words on her website.