July 1st, 2009
06:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Fellow Republicans urge Bachmann not to boycott 2010 Census

Rep. Michele Bachmann has said she will not provide much of the more detailed information called for in the 2010 Census form.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has said she will not provide much of the more detailed information called for in the 2010 Census form.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A trio of Republican congressmen are calling on a GOP colleague to completely fill out her 2010 Census form, following her vow to provide only basic information about her family.

In a statement released Wednesday, Republican Reps. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, and John Mica of Florida said that "boycotting the constitutionally-mandated census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country."

Bachmann expressed concerns last week about the level of detail demanded in the census form and questioned the federal government's ability to protect her family's personal data.

"What guarantees do the American people have that hackers won't get into the system?" Bachmann asked in an interview with FOX News Channel.

Bachmann also claimed in the interview that ACORN, a group that has been criticized by the GOP for its voter registration practices, would be employed by the government to collect census data.

"I don't have a lot of confidence in ACORN going door to door asking personal information, handing it over to the federal government - and will the American people be safe and secure in their information?" she added.

Bachmann did emphasize that she was not advocating a widespread boycott, but rather telling people how she personally planned to address the census.

Still, the congressmen - who all serve on the Information Policy, Census, and National Archives subcommittee - urged her to fill out all of her census form.

"We share Ms. Bachmann's concerns about ACORN's involvement in the 2010 Census and will continue pressuring the Bureau to follow their own guidelines for partnering organizations and dump ACORN," the congressmen wrote. "However, we can not emphasize enough how important it is for every individual to fill out their census forms.

"Every elected representative in this country should feel a responsibility to encourage full participation in the census. To do otherwise is to advocate for a smaller share of federal funding for our constituents. Boycotting the constitutionally-mandated census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country.

"The unfortunate irony is that Ms. Bachmann's boycott only increases the likelihood that ACORN-recruited census takers will be dispatched to her constituents' homes. Anyone who completes and returns their census form will remove any need for a census taker to visit their residence."

David Dziok, a Bachmann spokesman, sidestepped the call for the congresswoman to fill out her census form, and said she looked forward to working with her fellow Republicans to prevent ACORN from working for the census.

"We appreciate their views and hope to be able to work with them to keep ACORN - which has earned public mistrust through its repeated voter registration fraud - out of the census," he said.

Shelly Lowe, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Census Bureau, said that ACORN is "not conducting the census" and gave assurances that all census workers will go through a background check.


Filed under: ACORN • Census • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Tom in CA

    Oh come on...let this dufus wack job be a flaming idiot!

    We need some comedic relief!

    July 1, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. sandy

    This woman is a real nut case. Everytime she opens her mouth she shows her mentality.

    July 1, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. tedious898

    This woman is a total twit. She is so off base. I can't believe there are that many stupid Minnesoteans that would vote for this baffoon. She doesn't even understand that failing to fill out the census will create the possibility her district gets absorbed and her position in the house dissolved.

    What a minute...don't tell her. She's doing just fine

    July 1, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown

    This headcase got elected simply on her looks, just like Palin...Sad!

    July 1, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Mark Knox

    Let them boycott and then wave bye bye to her congressional district.

    July 1, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. RUSH NEXT

    Let her Boycott it...she is dumb enough to do so...she will serve the constitution...which bed she slept in to get that job...this is woman makes Sarah Palin looks like a genius...Dumb Heffer.

    July 1, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. "not in the best interest of our country."

    that sums up the GOP, nicely done GOP reps, couldn't have said it any better

    you all as a collective unit are "not in the best interest of this country"

    so retire and give another party a chance

    July 1, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. Bridget

    This woo-woo-wackadoo woman has no common sense whatsoever.

    July 1, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. John from California

    How can one congresswoman be so stupid?

    July 1, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. Letcommonsenseprevail

    Why is ACORN conducting the census anyway? They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy and have veiled their racist ideas behind "community action." Read between the lines, they are all about the "urban blight" and don't care one iota about the rest of the country. A census should be conducted by a truly non-profit, non-partisan organization. How about the VFW or the American Legion? Who knows better about organizing and executing a mission than former military personnel?

    Oh wait, that would mean it was conducted by right-wing extremists according to the Department of Homeland Security....my bad.

    July 1, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. john

    I don't blame her. I think its none of the governments business how many people, or race. live in her district. I agree DON'T ANSWER
    ANYTHING!

    July 1, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Scott, Tucson

    I have never filled out a census form and I'm not about to start now.

    July 1, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. tigerakabj

    Well, I'm not surprised. After all, Bush walked all over the Constitution, lied us into an illegal war, iniated torture (which is against the law according to the Geneva Convention Treaty signed at the end of WW2), illegal no-bid contracts, etc, etc., etc. Bachmann is only following precedent of her party.

    It's the only reason she is as emboldened as she is to talk the way she's talking. Palin (aka Mrs. Trooper-gate and proud of it) knows what I'm talking about.

    July 1, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Joanna in PA

    Bachmann is one scary women. How in the world did she get elected? The things that come out of her mouth horrify me. Where she gets it, I have no clue. But none of it is based in reality. Simple nuts!

    July 1, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Joanna in PA

    Ahh Bachman when you say Acorn i say American center for voting rights. Really she was elected? Doesn't being a congress person require at least some degree of intelligence? From what i can see, she has none. and that is being kind.

    July 1, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  16. Terry from West Texas

    The federal government is the most trustworthy steward of our personal information. Why isn't this Congresswoman focused on the corporations that are losing or selling our personal information, yet who are not required by law to inform us if our personal information has been stolen or otherwise compromised. Every corporation has employees, I suspect, that are making a good second income by selling personal information. You can pack a lot of names, credit card numbers, and social security numbers on an encrypted zip file on a DVD. Hundreds of thousands or millions easily.

    It is not the government that worries me. It is my bank, my department store, and my university.

    July 1, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  17. RUTY

    Bachmann is such a horse's butt. Why do the people of her state keep re-electing her. She must be kin to Sarah Palin. Always acting stupid.

    July 1, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. The Bu

    So what census form does Rep. Bachmann think she has been filling out every ten years of her life? Why does she think that, all of a sudden, people are going to get access to her records? Couldn't these same organizations have gained access to her records prior to now, had the been allowed and also had it been done? I feel sorry for the people who elected this woman because she just seems to say the most outrageous stuff. From the time during the campaign when she called the President (then Sen. Obama) a terrorist. She is an embarassment to her district and her constituents.

    July 1, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. Tell the truth

    Michele Bachamann was wrong on this issues.

    July 1, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    Bachman is an embarrassment to Congress, and that's saying a lot!

    July 1, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. JonDie

    What a loony tune this Bachman is.

    July 1, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    Bachman is an embarrassment to Congress, and that's is saying a lot.

    July 1, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. Joshua College Station Texas

    Why hasn't this idiot Congresswoman gotten more press for her foolish statements and positions? Her district and the country should know how misguided and off-keel her positions are. She is bad for her state and bad for this country.

    July 1, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. America Shrugged

    Is this woman for real? ROFL..

    July 1, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. George

    She probably does not know the answers. Maybe Joe the Plunger can help her out. He's a real rocket scientist. He did a lobby against the employee free choice act in Pennsylvania, and didn't have a clue what the act was. GOP you have quite a spokesman there.

    July 1, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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