LAKE ELMO, Minn. (WCCO) — In the past two days, two new polls in Iowa show that Minnesota’s Rep. Michele Bachmann is the frontrunner in the critical state. Now comes national scrutiny of her husband, Marcus, of 33 years, and someone considered to be her closest political advisor and confidante.

The Bachmann’s are the owners of the Twin Cities counseling clinic called Bachmann and Associates, which has offices in Lake Elmo and Burnsville. On the clinic’s website, it says it offers Christian counseling.

This weekend, ABC News ran an undercover story on Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s clinic. The report says that the clinic tries to treat gay men and women by urging them to pray away their gayness.

At the offices of OutFront Minnesota, the state’s leading gay advocacy group, the story comes as no surprise.

“I think that now that there are people who are coming forward who were actually part of Marcus Bachmann’s practice and who have gone to him for ex-gay therapy,” said Monica Meyer of OutFront. “I think it’s affirming what people already knew and the rumors they had heard about his practice.”

Meyer says this latest publicity is a reminder of Michele Bachmann’s views.

“That’s one of her main issues in Minnesota,” said Meyer. “We know her as a person who promotes discrimination against some people.”

As least one expert believes among her enthusiastic supporters the report will have no impact.

“For her supporters, it may just fall into a pattern of attacks that are unfair and that are quickly discounted,” said Professor Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute.

Michele Bachmann has refused any comment. Also, no one at the clinics would comment.

Marcus’ resume says he has a Ph.D. in Psychology from an Ohio correspondence school.

Comments (106)
  1. See BS says:

    There is also no solid evidence psychology is a real science.

    1. Jake says:

      And there is also no basis to be surprised that people “who have gone to the clinic] for ex-gay therapy” (when the clinic offers “Christian counseling”) are counseled that prayer is a means to resist urges on which they say they do not want to act.

      Yes, this has all the moving parts – a controversial political frontrunner, sex, religion, a progressive hot-button issue, but it’s a non-story. Call us when you can show that the clinic is used to shoot gay porn or or something. THAT would be a “man-bites-dog” story.

  2. common sence says:

    Way to go cco, Just like the lame stream media, find anything you can to rip a republican candidate. It’s not discrimination when someone that was gay wants help. Or someone who is unsure is looking for help.You liberals make me Puke with your P/C world..

    1. Jason says:

      And when your GOP buddies film undercover at ACORN it’s all good. I think the point the story is making is that they publicly claim they don’t do this therapy and behind closed doors they do. We should trust no politician of any party that tells lies.

      1. KM says:

        How did you come up w/the “point the story is making is that they publicly claim they don’t do this therapy and behind closed doors they do.” No where did I read that or even anything that intimates that! You are delusional!

        1. Jason says:

          KM, let me apologize for having misread this story, I must have inserted what I have personally read in other stories about their denials this is what they do at the clinic.There is a line “I think it’s affirming what people already knew and the rumors they had heard about his practice.”, which probably made me go there. But I stand by my statements here and throughout this discussion that they have said this is not a practice they do, and if the video is right it proves them liars.

      2. Jake says:

        Riiight. So, committing fraud in elections is somehow the equivalent of providing religiously-based counseling to people who ask for religiously-based counseling? Moreover, KM is correct in that the story is completely devoid of any reference to a denial that the clinic offers faith-based counseling to people who represent themselves as gay or “ex-gay” (whatever that means).

        Also, I am fascinated by the prospect that you know of a political party that tells no lies. “I did not text those photos . . . I did not try to sell that senate seat . . . I will not shut down state government to secure a tax increase . . . .” Do we need to continue?

        1. Jason says:

          Well Jake, I guess you got so upset with my post you didn’t read the last line of my post. “We should trust no politician of ANY party that tells lies. And as soon as I read KM’s post I made a reply to apologize for my missing this story not equating there denial.

          1. Jake says:

            Yes. I am simply beside myself. Deep breaths. O.k., so here’s the problem. If you say you can’t trust politicians of ANY party that tells lies, you imply that there is a party that does not tell lies. Otherwise, you would just say you cannot trust any politicians, because all parties (of any consequence) have members who have told a whopper or two.

            I can see why you assumed someone denied the counseling services are provided, because without that, it’s not much of a story. They just offer people what they request.

            1. Jason says:

              Once again, I read it in another story. In 2006, Bachmann denied his clinic engaged in reparative therapy to “City Pages,” a Minneapolis newspaper. “That’s a false statement,” Bachmann said. And now they are shown to do it.

              1. Jake says:

                Again, you state that HE denied it, not Michele. Moreover, you state that he referred to “reparative therapy,” but we do not know if that is a reference to “urging [men and women] to pray away their gayness” or some other practice. This is just as likely someone telling the counselor they want to resist their attraction to same sex people, and the counselor tells them to be prayerful about and to get strength from their deity to do so. I’m not sure how that is “reparative therapy,” but I suppose it could be seen that way.

                In any case, Michele is not the one who either performs the counseling or made the denial. We should be fair. And if you have the urge to not be fair, just pray a little, and you should be able to resist that urge. Heh.

                1. Jason says:

                  I must admit, you win. HE said it not her. As for prayer, I’ll leave that to people who think god can fix everything, like MB.

    2. mackey says:

      Shucks – I’ve voted GOP across the board for 30 plus years and this creepy woman and family scare the bejeevers out of me. Obviously I am not in her District or this 100% would never have held true.
      She is a hypocrite, I will say I also feel she’s on the fringes of lying to people or at least distorts so badly maybe her mind thinks …. lets not go there.

      This issue is not at all about ones party in my mind but whether one has the qualities and stability to hold a higher office. Imagine her in the WH and her husband there at her side. Terrifying thought. The new Pat Robertson Pulpit — in the Oval Office. Truly —–God help us avoid destroying this great country. Please help us all

      1. Common sense says:

        I’m a person that voted nearly all GOP last year, and I’m in her district, but I didn’t vote for her, for that very reason. She scares the bejeevers out of me too. What she says sometimes in public runs way too close to discrimination and bigetry.

        I don’t adovcate for a gay lifestyle, but I certainly am not going to tell someone else how to live their lives. Somethings should just not be told to people. This is one of them.

        1. Jake says:

          Maybe if you prayed a little, those bejeevers would leave on their own. Heh.

          But seriously, folks, Common Sense misstates the facts presented. I see no claim that the clinic runs around looking for gay people and trying to force them into heterosexuality. These are people that go to their clinic seeking a result for whatever reason. The analogy would be a straight married man or woman with an urge to cheat on their spouse, but they know they don’t want to act on the urge if they can help it. Who would object to a counselor, religious or otherwise, assisting an individual who requests help with resisting a behavior?

          Not saying Michele doesn’t see religion as a powerful force in people’s lives, but do we really want to go down this slippery slope? If she is accountable for her husband’s clinic, is former Representative Weiner’s wife responsible for his texting photos of his private parts to college coeds and then lying about it? Should Hillary fire her because of her family’s lack of moral standing? Let’s be fair here.

          In the long run, as Larry Jacobs implies, this is probably a non-story, and might even serve to strengthen her base.

          1. Jason says:

            I would agree they have the right to treat anyway they want, this is still America. The problem is they say they don’t do this, so if they do they are lying. Now if they don’t normally do this type of treatment but this patient came in an asked for it specifically then they should just clarify they were only giving the treatment the patient asked for.

            1. drkate says:

              They are billing Medicaid under the auspices of a false Ph. D. and without valid licensure.This constitutes Medicaid fraud and abuse.

        2. James2 says:

          And Common Sense, what is the straight lifestyle or is it that heteros have lives? but we have a lifestyle? I always thought a lifestyle is determined by how much money you have and how you spend it. I hate these derogatory terms filled with inference of behaviors. Ugh.

      2. Jake says:

        You raise some really good points regarding your unspecified terror about the candidate. I’m in the same boat. everyone in my family and I have voted exclusively for Democrats our whole lives. State, federal, dog catcher, you name it. All Democrats. And we were so excited to vote for Obama three years ago. But wow, he sure fooled us. We weren’t concerned by his lack of a record, because we were impressed by his oratory skills and assurances that he’d get us back on track. Well, we can all see how that has gone. And we had no idea he was such a Socialist or worse. He is trying to give all our power away to France and he wants our children to have to sample the gay lifestyle in high school so they can make informed life decisions about their sexuality.

        O.k., so this isn’t completely true. Nobody in my family votes, because we’re all felons. And ever since we moved out of Minneapolis, it’s just too hard to sneak by the voting booth officials . . . .

    3. Richard says:

      P/C world? It’s the right that practice PC! Are you kidding? Tell the truth in real terms and the rightwing-nuts screetch like pigs.
      PhD from a mail order school…. I’m sure that one was a tough one to do.
      I’d love to see his thesis. It has to be on file somewhere.
      Can anyone find out the name of the school? It would be worth the drive to get a copy and have it peer reviewed.

    4. v says:

      Go get your G.E.D., you moron. You hillbillies with your two teeth, gun racks and 2nd grade education make EVERYONE want to puke. What a waste of oxygen.

      1. Bill says:

        Great rebuttal v, who exactly is the one with the second grade education? It appears to be you…

  3. Please elaborate says:

    So that is supposed to excuse people from stupid behavior like this? If they do not think that psychology is a real science why would they have opened a clinic? Is that not like someone that hates kids opening a daycare? I got it, you just do not have a point and want to make it seem like this is not news worthy.

  4. Ladnep says:

    What does it mean in a “news” story when the news is referred to as showing something “apparently” about something? Should you not have viewed the tape before reporting on it? Good to go after this kind of ignorance, but you help advance nothing in the discussion by slippery reporting.

    1. Jake says:

      How is religion-based counseling of people requesting the counseling “ignorance”? Is it that all religion is ignorant to you, or is it that an enlightened counselor would have sought to convince the person seeking assistance that they are wrong to fight their desires and should just get back out there and start “gayin’ it up?”

  5. What??? says:

    So you can have Fox news that depicts any GOP candidate as they were sent by an all powerful being that will save the country, yet when a different news station has info about someone that is being just about as hypocritical as they can be this is now slander and should not be told? You Repubs make me puke with your I can never do anything wrong world.

    1. Bill says:

      Can liberals actually defend their position without making reference to Fox news or blaming Bush?

      1. What??? says:

        Just like Repubs cannot make a point at all and blame everything on “Liberals” even though there are other parties. Your own post takes away from your post Bill. If you do not know, not everyone that has a different point of view than you do is a “Liberal”.

  6. Surfin USA says:

    What a bunch of dolt commenters!
    I can now see why Bachmann was re-elected in that crazy state.

    She can pull the wool over the MN folk, but now that she is a national embarrassment, there will be the big-dogs digging up the dirt in her backyard.

    Stop defending her craziness….

    1. DEW says:

      I am a life long MN resident and I can’t believe others voted her in. She has been a laughing stock to the state since she got elected. Only people who like her a conservative republicans. (excuss my spelling and grammar) I can’t believe she was voted in. IShe won’t stand a chance in a election. I think the same of Pawlenty also. He always said no taxes, but he created a lot of things called fee’s. Its like what is the difference between a fee and a tax – nothing.

      1. Bill says:

        Dew, please learn to write a coherent sentence before posting…

        1. DrawMister says:

          Bill, it’s OK not to look at the potty before flushing…

          1. Jason says:

            Don’t pick on Bill, he couldn’t help that he can’t spell counseling correctly in his response to me a bit below here. He’s just an angry guy that doesn’t write coherent sentences.

            1. Bill says:

              Oh no a spelling error, you sure got me on that. Typical liberal, attack the messenger or the message syntax, but never actually address the message itself. You are a liberal piece of…

    2. v says:

      California: Reagan / Schwarzenegger
      California: O.J. Simpson
      Texas: the Bush clan.
      Alaska: Palin
      Florida: ANOTHER Bush

      Yes, MB is a frickin’ loon who’s policies would send this country back to the dark ages, but MN is far from the top of the list of states who’s residents have embraced stupidity. Surf’s Up, Dude! Radical! Go hit your bong Spicoli

      1. Bill says:

        Do you have s point or do you just spew liberal nonsense?

    3. Common sense says:

      I think you’re right! We voted in Jesse Ventura didn’t we!?! LOL! I’m not sure she’s crazy, but if there’s any politician that is, she must be it.

  7. Connie says:

    Obviously this is just a ploy of the “Lame Street Media” to somehow discredit Michele Bachmann.

    She is the real thing, what you see is what you get. She honors the Constitution of this great (well once great and will be again) Nation that we all have been blessed to live in.

    The leftest Media will attack anything to further their interests. Well my interest is Freedom. I do not plan on giving my country over to the Left so we end up in a sort of Feudal System, in which we the people become we the Surfs!

    1. Jason says:

      How is this a ploy to discredit MB? Either the clinic does or does not perform this type of therapy. Whether or not you believe in it or not the point is they have said in the past they do not do this, so this would then show them to be liars if it is true.

      1. Bill says:

        So what if it does perform this? Is MB doing the counciling? This was not news worthy 2 weeks ago and now all of a sudden it is? The left wing media will dig until they find something… What a bunch of dirty pigs.

        1. Jason says:

          Obviously you cannot read. I said “Whether or not you believe in it or not the point”, and I didn’t accuse MB of counseling. The point was they have said the clinic does not do this, So IF IT’s TRUE, as I also said above, it proves they are LIARS.

          So someone catches your GOP candidate in a lie and they are dirty pigs, you could be a right wing journalist, you’re that good.

          1. Bill says:

            Obozo is a one term lame duck soon to be replaced with MB or someone like her… Does this scare you? Good, you liberal pukewads voted in an ignorant half wit racist socialist community organizer who’s only accomplishment to date is signing into law an unconstitutional healthcare bill that was ramrodded through Congress by some of the most dirty tactics in U.S. history. You liberal mitts can kiss my…

            1. Jason says:

              How we went from my point of MB being proved a liar if this video is true, to you ranting about the President is beyond me. I must have struck a nerve, although i’m not sure which one. Those who rant only prove they have no argument and must shoot down those who attempt to debate them. Keep up the good work, although you are proving my point you could be a great right wing journalist.

            2. @ Bill says:

              Bill, did you drop your tea bag?

            3. Roe says:

              Umm, who’s an ignorant racist?

          2. Jake says:

            Has Michele ever stated that her husband’s clinic doesn’t provide such counseling to people who request it? Why would they deny it? There is nothing wrong with providing that sort of support to people who request it.

            Moreover, what’s with the comfort in holding her accountable for her spouse’s behavior? I heard that Michelle Obama sometimes eats grapes in the grocery store produce section without paying for them. Did somebody say Impeachment?

    2. What??? says:

      With as much makeup as she has on I think the comment “what you see is what you get” is opening another can of worms I do not care to get into (a cheap shot I know but I could not resist).
      On a serious note, people like you Connie scare the heck out of me. What has this woman done for anyone in this state or country since she has been in politics?……. I will still be here after you do the massive search and still do not come back with anything. She is a mouth and that is all. She does not get anything done, just yells about how it has to be changed. She has also been given the award of being one of the biggest flip-flops in politics right now. The last thing that I know that she made was the light bulb bill that stated she does not want to change to more energy efficient bulbs….. If that is the legacy that you are all hanging on this is a group of very easy to please people. That would be a start to why we are in this mess, we do not hold our politicians accountable to do anything so it is a cushy job that has no boss to fire you and a lot of perks.

      1. Rico Suave says:

        So you’re not going to vote for her?

        1. What??? says:

          I was waiting for Rico to chime in with his amazing wit. Way to contribute to the conversation and point out the obvious once again. Your powers of deduction are simply mind blowing and I feel you are wasting your talent.

          1. Rico Suave says:

            Well, you’re half right. It’s certainly wasted on you. As are most good things.

            1. What??? says:

              After looking at all the support you seem to be getting on your comments you could have just stopped the last post at “It’s certainly wasted”. You may want to comment on the story from now on and keep your personal war out of the stories please. This may be the first case of Napoleon complex I have ever seen on a blog site. Trying to make up for your intellectual shortcomings huh?

    3. kieron says:

      “The Surfs”? That’s a new one. I’m surprise you didn’t type “Futile System.”

    4. Brian says:

      Freedom to not have an abortion. Freedom to not study stem cell therapy. Freedom to not marry who you want. Freedom…? What great freedoms. Can we get some more of those??

      How is what she is peddling freedom of any kind?

      1. Jake says:

        Freedom to not be aborted, freedom to not have mills cranking out human embryos for research purposes, freedom to not subsidize lifestyle choices not related to procreation. It kinda depends on the angle from which one sees the issue, I reckon.

        I’m pretty sure the freedoms she is focusing on are those that prevent an increase in government regulation of personal and property decisions. Probably isn’t considered progressively correct, but most folks still want the freedom to get fat, the freedom to cut down a tree in their yard, the freedom to make charitable decisions on their own rather than the government taking money and making those decisions for everyone, etc. I’m pretty sure those qualify as “freedoms” whether one wants people to have them or not.

    5. MN Proud says:

      What color is the sky in your world? She is not qualified or stable enough to hold a higher office. Dems AND Reps across the board recognize that. She can take her hate and discrimination and move back to Iowa as far as I’m concerned. Of course she does provide excellent humor everytime she opens her mouth… I’m sure David Letterman would agree…

    6. ReadingIsFundamental says:

      surf’s up.

      She hasn’t even READ the constitution and neither have you, obviously.

      Every time a “strict constitutionalist” has no idea what they’re saying Founding Father John Q. Adams and Jesus cry together in their beer.

  8. Matthew says:

    May the FSM bless you John! Thank you for doing this. The world has the right to know.

  9. tina says:

    This is old news which just recently gained national attention. NBC reported on it this morning on the Today Show. It is a commonly known fact in the Twin Cities that Marcus Bachmann’s clinic tries to “un-gay” people. It is absolutely news-worthy since she is running for president. The voting public should know where she stands on issues which she will be enforcing if she is elected. I would hope people aren’t voting for Bachmann due to many other hugely obvious reasons.

    1. kieron says:

      We’re so normal we’re moving to redneck country. There goes the neighborhood, bud!

    2. Redneck's make my head hurt says:

      Gays are normal, rednecks are just stupid inbred morons that believe the bible is literally true because someone told them so…..I wish someone would help the rednecks…

    3. James says:

      What do you mean by normal??? With that kind of statement is ludicrious and malicious. As a gay male I am more normal than you. Just by your title I could go on but since I am educated nothing more has to be said.

      Bachmann will get her day. Besides, she is not presidential material unless you call h8 being part of it. What we need is someone who doesnt lie or try to instigate problems for my community.

      Food for thought, Since several states have legalized same-sex marriage and recently NY. Why are divorce r5ates among straights higher?

      1. @ James says:

        Oh honey, marriage is marriage. It’s something close to war no matter who you are. Don’t worry, you’ll see divorce in the gay community run rampant too. I’m glad your getting these “rights” but at the same time have to laugh that you even want ’em.

      2. Redneck Purist says:

        I mean heterosexual of course. One man, one woman. You know? Normal.

        1. James2 says:

          What about swingers Redneck, many men and many women, i.e. as long as you have one to being with. Normal is a concept by which we measure our pain.

        2. ReadingIsFundamental says:

          Three wives for five cows and stoning for adultery, you know, like the Bible says.

        3. The Architect says:

          What qualifies you to have an opinion on gays to begin with?

          It doesn’t affect you, so stop peeking in windows and mind your own business.

    4. Beer Guzzling Redneck says:

      Why do you care if gays are gays or if they’re not?

  10. Craig says:

    The last time I went poops was 2 weeks ago. I don’t enjoy going poops, but sometimes ya got to go when ya got to go! It ain’t easy, but I guess ya feel better afterwards, I suppose. Moral of the story, go poop when ya have to or it may flow back up ya!

  11. Justwrong says:

    The article starts with her husband and his clinic, then ends with quote about just Michele.
    Nice propaganda to make it seem like Michele is performing the therapy.

    How can this article go from her husband to a discrimination slander against Michele?

    Keep the story factual. Ifnit is true, her husband is offering therapy to people who seek it.
    Don’t see what the issue is here.

    1. FREAK - SHE's A FREAK says:

      Never foget…. God told her to run.

      The fruit never falls far from the FruitCake tree

      1. Hi my name is Michele, Hi my name is Flakey says:

        She’s a freak, a freak, she’s super freaky, the kind you don’t take home to mother (or vote for, unless you are a really repressed & dim witted conservative)

  12. Odd Duck Bachmann says:

    Stupid question I am sure —- since when do we taxpayers pay for Christian counseling?
    Seperation of church and state – I am talking the government dollars they rake in.
    I guess I could also be talking the Government money she raked in as a “foster” parent.
    Or as an IRS lawyer.
    Or as a politician who never does what she was voted in to do — voting record says it all there.
    Or taking in the taxpayer cash for the farm subsidy.
    Holy smokes — for a woman against gubberMINT spending and against big gubberMINT she has shown us her FACTUAL colors huh!


  13. Oh Yeah. So What says:

    Seriously, you people that think Bachman is sane are really really stupid. I’m sorry to be so blunt but you are really really stupid.

  14. Deep Thinker says:

    I love it, Mr. Bachman has a PH.D. from a correspondence course….are you Bachman supporters so anti Obama that you would give either of the Bachman’s the time of day just to spite Barak? You conservatives are way to funny, not very bright but awfully funny..

  15. Demonizepeople says:

    Really? you can pass the nut job Obama going to a hateful, racist, white bashing church and you are going to pick on her husband???
    Then he insults Midwest Americans in California and you forgive him?
    Then he insults women with his lipstick on a pig comment?
    You still think he is so great, a messiah.

    Who is the nut here?  Don’t get me wrong, Bush was a terrible president.  But just to vote someone in because of his race was outrageous with all the baggage he had.

    1. Beer Guzzling Redneck says:

      You think Obama was voted in “just because of his race?”

      You are as blind as the day is long. Nobody wanted to vote for a 97 year old man with a dimwit housewife as the VP. That’s why you have a black President today.

  16. drts says:

    These two are true to their fundamentalist Christian beliefs, which they have held for a long time. Their behavior doesn’t surprise anyone who knows them. However, it is alarming to those who don’t and the show is only getting started. By the end of the year, nationally they will be considered the freaks they are. “Dr.” Bachmann actually has a made up degree from a Christian diploma mill which was shut down for its less than academic approach. Michele got her “law degree” from a similar institution of “higher” learning. MIchele regularly talks to God and He apparently doesn’t have anything better to do than to talk back. He apparently encouraged her to run for president. Not sure if that was simply support or a full-fledged endorsement but I think God likely is holding out until after the South Carolina primary before giving His endorsement. After all, He wants to back a winner. Before giving her our nuclear codes, remember this: she believes the Rapture is coming soon. She and Marcus have scary religious beliefs. I’m talking more than Mitt-scary. Even more than Tom Cruise-scary.

  17. James says:

    She just keeps on going. Like the republicans she just doesn’t get it but how can a person who is so filled with hate and enjoys it so much that she and her allies will lie right to your face needless to say right on camera. The one thing I see about this race iis keep on spreading hate and it will find you in the end as the loser with no one around to help you.

  18. Ventura says:

    Michele Bachmann Quotes:
    1. “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009

    2. Science is the Devil’s work. -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Feb, 2008

    3. America won the Vietnam war when the Vietnamese surrendered in 1973,-Rep. Michelle Bachmann, March, 2008″

    4. The Post Office is a Socialist government organization that should be shutdown-Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Sept, 2010.

    5. Public education should be ended and only For-Profit schools should be allowed to teach American children.-Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2011″

    1. Common sense says:

      Priceless! Where did you get these? I remember the 3rd, 4th, and 5th, but didn’t know the others.

      All that Science and those facts and stuff!

      I think she has made mention of the Nazis a couple of times as well.

      1. Ventura says:

        More Bachman quotes:
        ”If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”
        ”I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”
        “I just take the Bible for what it is, I guess, and recognize that I am not a scientist, not trained to be a scientist. I’m not a deep thinker on all of this. I wish I was. I wish I was more knowledgeable, but I’m not a scientist.”

    2. ReadingIsFundamental says:

      I had a period of feeling bad about laughing at her, because she is so CLEARLY a person who needs medication and is not getting it.

      I’m over that now that she’s actually in the national press on a regular basis.

      Still, if Marcus really cares about helping people he could start with the voices in her head. Her world is obviously a very scary place. Remember her hiding in the bushes near the gay rally watching it?

  19. So what? says:

    You may as well fault the Bachmans for getting a tax refund. They’re not doing anything illegal nor are they promoting discrimination. Please stick to the real issues WCCO.

  20. Another so what? says:

    The woman has ideas and opinions that she believes are good for the country and its citizens. You don’t have to agree with her. You have choices. That’s why there are multiple candidates and multiple views.

    If everyone agreed on everything there would be no creativity and the world would be a pretty dull place.

    1. Common sense says:

      This is true, we all have a choice,

      But to believe/back a candidate that says some of things she has said that border on racism, genoism, conspiracy theories, and down right miss-quotes (about history, business, and science), has to make one wonder if the GOP even cares about it’s moral image.

      Have you honestly listened to what she has said? And the GOP continues to back this person? I can’t support a group that will turn a blind eye to the things she does or says. This is a public office for crying out loud.

      I’ll give her one (1) thing though; she is loyal to her GOP supporters. Too bad the rest of America would have to suffer if she’s elected.

  21. Kevin says:

    This story is one sided. Are the people going to counseling forced to go? Maybe there are people going to a clinic known for it’s therapy are looking for help to change because they wan to change. What happened to fair and balanced journalism?

  22. Del says:

    Sick aberrant liberals. I’ll bet they sent Anthony Weiner in there masquerading as a gay.

    1. Redneck Purist says:

      Masquerading? I assumed he was just another compensating liberal gay man.

  23. Ronald Raygun says:

    Dirty republican filth, as always.

  24. Jebus says:

    The American Psychological Association has not found any scientific evidence to support “conversion therapy” and warns against potential harm to the client. Michele Bachmann is co-owner of the clinic so has to accept partial responsibility for what goes on there. Bogus therapies are unethical. Since her clinic receives Medicaid monies, these bogus therapies are also a waste of taxpayer money.

    1. Bill says:

      In your opinion that is…

      1. Jebus says:

        So we should spend taxpayers’ money on ineffective and ill-advised pseudo-therapies? I thought you would more interested in stopping wasteful government spending?

    2. Jake says:

      The fact that they receive public dollars does not mean they take public dollars for this kind of counseling. Most clinics offer services that are covered and not covered by federal programs.

      1. Jason says:

        Kinda like abortion and planned parenthood!Ooooops!

  25. Geoge says:

    How many gay converts are seen? One in the past year? How many other people are helped there.
    Don’t see why this is news.
    Just gives all the liberal nut jobs something to distort.

    1. Beer Guzzling Redneck says:

      There is no such thing as a gay convert.

      It’s news because it’s been found to be dangerous to try and tell a gay teenager that god hates him if he’s gay, but will love him if he stops being gay. You see, then they go home and realize they’re gay and that’s that, and they blow their heads off. Soooo, kind of counter-productive there, Marcus…

  26. Wondering? says:

    Anyone ever check out where MB got her law degree? Try that!

  27. Sham godSham says:

    This like a real life Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen movie) where he goes to get un-gay. How can any of you have such serious discussion on something so silly that it belongs in a comedy movie… please go watch the movie (might have to cover your eye for some of it) but please try to put silly in it’s proper place.

  28. a sister in Christ says:

    I have not taken the time to read all of the comments or any of them for that matter. All I can say is “Way to go Mr and Mrs. Bachmann. You are loving people who are trying your best to show people the way. God bless you both.”

    1. Jason says:

      You mean show them your way

      1. Common sense says:

        Honestly, I don’t care if they personally support homosexuality or not. Sorry, I don’t, But god help us all if someone tells someone else how to live their lives.

        It’s almost like telling people how to spend their money!

        Free will brothers and sisters of humanity!

    2. Deep Thinker says:

      I love it when people bond over a make believe person…

  29. John says:

    Michelle Bachman is such a baffoon. Amazing she is taken so seriously!

  30. Deep Thinker says:

    Someone with the name Bill in all of these posts is highly insecure, he apparently feels the need to give his 2 cents everywhere….what a dope

  31. sammy says:

    As a mental health practitioner, there is a cure I would prescribe for what ails the Bachmanns: a weekend in Las Vegas with Pac-Man Jones.

    1. Beer Guzzling Redneck says:

      @ sammy

      Now THAT was funny.

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