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

Fellow Republicans urge Bachmann not to boycott 2010 Census

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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. 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 |
  2. Terry, Butte, Montana

    Filed under ACORN? that is just goofy.

    July 1, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. Rosalinda

    This woman is true idiot.

    July 1, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. bacmania

    Ha Ha Ha,

    To all the people who re-elected Ms. Bachman to the congress here goes another of her attempts at being the stupidest of them all. census isn't a new concept but how would she know anything about it. one needs something called a workable analytical brain in their heads and not a gun that shoots crap every time it shoots. way to go bachman. you will truly reach the great heights in fatuity.

    July 1, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. enlightened

    Wow. Bachmann is either very scary or very entertaining, I'm not sure which.
    On the one hand, I want her to keep it up because its compelling (not unlike reality TV)on the other hand, I wonder how on earth this crazed woman found her way into public office.

    July 2, 2009 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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