Michele Bachmann’s Family Rats Her Out

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WATERLOO, IA - AUGUST 14:  Republican presidential candidate Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann arrives at the Black Hawk County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner August 14, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. The visit comes on the heels of Bachmann's victory at the Iowa Straw Poll.  Bachmann is sharing the spotlight at the event with the straw poll?s fourth place finisher former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum and Texas Governor Rick Perry who announced yesterday that he would enter the race for the Republican nomination.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
WATERLOO, IA - AUGUST 14: Republican presidential candidate Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann arrives at the Black Hawk County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner August 14, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa. The visit comes on the heels of Bachmann's victory at the Iowa Straw Poll. Bachmann is sharing the spotlight at the event with the straw poll?s fourth place finisher former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum and Texas Governor Rick Perry who announced yesterday that he would enter the race for the Republican nomination. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Photo: Scott Olson/2011 Getty Images

As she's often done recently, Michele Bachmann showed up late to an event in Iowa on Sunday night, the Black Hawk County Republican Party dinner in Waterloo. Asked by a reporter for an explanation, Bachmann said, "We had a big family reunion just north of Waterloo." Perfectly reasonable! If there's one thing in this world more important than a group of politically connected Iowans, it's family.


But Bachmann's mother and two cousins told POLITICO's Emily Schultheis that Bachmann didn't attend the reunion, though her husband and children did. Her spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, didn't respond to two emails asking for an explanation of the disparity.

So we still don't know why Bachmann was late, or why she would lie about it. Some of the more suspicious among us might suspect that she was recovering from a migraine. All we know is that Politico's Emily Schultheis is in line for a good shoving.

Bachmann skipped family reunion she cited [Ben Smith/Politico]