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. Marty, FL

    Please, Bachmann, continue this paranoid charade and boycott the Census. It might guarantee districts are re-drawn, and our great nation could rid itself of your nonsense in Congress once and for all.

    July 1, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Matt

    After listening to her stupid comments about everything, she will be lucky to be elected again let alone the fact that the Republican's are looking for someone else in the 2010 election cycle...

    If she persuades enough people in her district not to fill out the census, her district will be underrepresented and will be eliminated and she will be out of a job. Is she insane or just stupid?!!!

    July 1, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Luke Brown

    This lady is a whack job. She is right up there with the Governor of South Carolina.

    July 1, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. Joe, Pomona, California

    Man, she crazy.

    July 1, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. JSRagman

    She is not advocating this action, she is only saying in on Fox (better know as Comedy Central 2). The legions of extremists that watch fox will take this as a mandate and will certainly follow this brainless woman. When are these people going to put their fear of ACORN to rest? Nothing has ever been discovered that shows ACORN is guilty of anything except being disliked by the Repugs. If any voting irregularities have ever been shown to be damaging, it was in 2000 when we ended up with our recent Clown president.

    July 1, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. smart dem

    She is truly an idiot!

    July 1, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. smart dem

    Does no one else find this completely moronic?

    July 1, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  8. Greg in Tampa

    Every person that wants to make a stand against this grotesque intrusion into the lives of every American citizen should also refuse to answer any question other than this – "how many people reside in this home?". That is all that the constitution requires. They expect us to tell them a lot of personal information but won't ask if the people living there if they are legal or not. Obama is turning this country on it's head and it's time that the majority of us scream "NO MORE"!

    July 1, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  9. The Dude

    This woman in unhinged.

    July 1, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. Liberal4Obama

    Excellent Idea, less congressional seats for DO NOTHING republicans. I agree with Bachman 100%, if she is successful in her efforts she might just be out of a job too. Yippee !!

    July 1, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  11. raf

    My God, she's crazy.

    July 1, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. Patti

    I also thought it was funny that ACORN only shows up to residents homes who don't fill out their censuses.

    July 1, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. chuck g

    I'll bet the people of Minnesota are in full fledged “Bimbos Buyer’s Remorse” over this piece of work. That is what happens when you vote image over substance.

    July 1, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. Ted Tartaglia

    Didn't this airhead take an oath to support the Constitution and by implication obey the law? Oh, I forgot; she is a Republican.

    July 1, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. Jens Pulver, IA

    Well, let's be realistic – you can't just "make" some so stupid, be "smarter". Humans are not miracle workers.

    July 1, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Another GOP nut job. This club should disband who needs we dont need this bunch of do nothing but complain club. We really dont need the white citezen council (conservatives) too.

    July 1, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. Roger from CA

    Man, it just makes my head spin how the GOP-ers just make crap up, and try to give it "truthiness" by saying it over and over and over, until slugs in the mainstream press print it without challenging the facts, and then–lo and behold–it suddenly has legs.

    I will bet ANYTHING that, while some folks who have worked the streets for ACORN may very well seek out jobs as census takers, ACORN has not sought, is not seeking and will not seek any formal role in conducting the census.

    The new slogan for idiots like Michele Bachman: "Demonizing ACORN–all the satisfaction of flaming racism, without unsightly explicitness"

    July 1, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  18. athomasr

    She is crazy, we don't care.

    July 1, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. ThinkAboutIt

    Question: Did Bachmann fill out her census in 2000? If so, why the worry all of a sudden? (Can you say, "political ambition"?)

    Regarding ACORN, while they may have collected voter registrations that were later determined to be invalid, they have never committed voter registration fraud – because they do not have any authority to validate voter registrations.

    Only the state for which ACORN collects registrations has the authority (and obligation) to validate voter registrations.

    Throwing the ACORN name around is just another tired and silly scare tactic employed by the GOP – what else can they do, since their policies are proven failures and they are completely out of ideas?

    Oh, I remember: They can start helping clean up the mess the Bush Administration left us with!

    July 1, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  20. Iris Davenport

    Repubs in her district, please follow her advise. Oh please, do what she says.

    July 1, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. bozo the obama

    fight the good fight Congress woman Bachmann. the only info they get from me is how many people live in my house and they can guess my race and anything else. I'll listen to those crooks when they start listening to me.

    July 1, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  22. Iris Davenport

    Please follow her advice, please do what she says.

    July 1, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  23. Nelson

    People are afraid of the truth Representative Bachmann is speaking. Do NOT give your information ACORN agents! The problem is they're being trained to not tell people they are from ACORN. Thank you, Representative Bachmann, for fighting for real America.

    July 1, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. Jason

    if we had seen even a percent of this criticism of bush by the republicans, perhaps people wouldn't think all republicans are stupid.

    July 1, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. Rayne Williams

    So, somehow ACORN is going to tamper with the census? The same group that told the Election Commission about discrepancies in their own voter drives, before the conservative talking heads even heard of ACORN? The same group that was investigated and found not to have affected the elections? With all of her rhetoric, it makes me wonder if maybe the person hoping to deceive the census is Bachmann herself.

    July 1, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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