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Michele Bachmann's appeal



bachhh.jpgFrom our story today about Michele Bachmann:

...Talk to Iowa voters about the petite, 55-year-old congresswoman thundering about the deficit and out-of-control spending and you invariably hear references to her Christian faith and the same adjectives.

Real. Tough. Principled.

"A politician will tell you what you want to hear, but you can see Michele Bachmann is genuine," said J. Albert Calloway, a retired pastor and conservative activist who had been courted by most of the leading Republican contenders. "She's been criticized for it, but she has a deep faith and she sticks by her guns and doesn't vacillate. I trust her."

...."That first debate did it for me. I said, 'I really like this gutsy, conservative woman,' " said Bill Diamond, a Republican fundraiser and Palm Beach council member. "She has moxie or, as she says it, 'a titanium spine.' And her personal story is so appealing: five children, fostered 23 others, started a charter school."

Bachmann, who is expected to campaign late next week in Sarasota and Orlando, has virtually no organization in Florida but plenty of grass roots support. Floridians have contributed at least $131,000 of the $3.6 million she has raised. The Naples area is the second-biggest source of fundraising behind Minneapolis-St. Paul.

"I stand behind her 100 percent, because of her ideology to shrink government. I'm one of those people who think I can probably do my own business and lifestyle better than government can, and there are a lot of us who think that way in South Florida," said Naples resident Mark Murlowski, who runs an excavating company and donated $250 to Bachmann. "And second, it's because of her family and Christian values, which I think have been lost tremendously with the existing administration."

[Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:00am]


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