Bachmann's home no longer in her Congressional district
February 21st, 2012
08:51 PM ET
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Bachmann's home no longer in her Congressional district

(CNN) – A Minnesota judicial panel revealed redrawn congressional districts Tuesday that placed Rep. Michele Bachmann's home outside the district she represents.

Bachmann announced this month she was running for re-election in the sixth district, which includes parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs. She said Tuesday she would still run in the sixth district, despite a new map drawn by the state's Supreme Court Special Redistricting panel that put her town, Stillwater, in the fourth district.

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The fourth district is currently represented by Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat serving her sixth term in Congress. In 2008 she was reelected with 59% of the vote.

Bachmann characterized the change as a political move designed to favor Democrats in an email to supporters.

"Just as we suspected, the liberal courts have changed the makeup of Minnesota's Congressional districts," Bachmann wrote. "The courts' liberal bias was evident by cherrypicking the districts and going so far as to draw my home – where I have raised my family and represented in Congress for the past six years – outside the new sixth district."

Bachmann said she would "take every necessary step to correct this injustice."

In a separate email, Bachmann painted a brighter picture of the change, saying it "was a victory for the people of the sixth district of Minnesota."

"Though the court changed the district by drawing my residence out of the district and into district four, the vast majority of the people I currently represent remain in district 6," she wrote.

The U.S. Constitution requires members of Congress live in the state they represent when they are elected, but does not say they must reside in the specific districts they represent.

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Filed under: Congress • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What a loon!

    February 21, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. GI Joe.

    Rules are only made for other people?

    February 21, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Dita

    The people of Stillwater are thanking the Lord for being removed from that nutbag's district.

    February 21, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Jane

    It wasn't the courts relocating her district – it was simply an amazing case of organ rejection!! Good for Minnesota

    February 21, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Terry

    Well, so much for support back home!

    February 21, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Fronk

    It's funny to see a republican crying about it when it was her party that started the redrawing districts.

    February 21, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. racegirl1

    Hopefully goodbye and good riddance you will not be missed. Too bad some of the others McConnell, Boehner and Cantor can't be redistricted in their home states. Then when the teabags don't get reelected maybe some adults will be in charge and our country can start looking forward and moving farther into this century instead of republicans trying to go back to the stone ages as fast as they can.

    February 21, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. CA Dream USA

    Where's her long form birth certificate ?

    February 21, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Nothing new here

    Maybe Bachmann can pray the redrawn congressional districts away....
    Either that, or pray that someone buys her Sixth District house.
    Boo Hoo 😉

    February 21, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. cali girl

    He he he too funny

    February 21, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. Winning

    I have to give her some credit for honesty here. If she hadn't said anything about it, none of the morons who support her would have known the difference.

    February 21, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Bachmann has never allowed reality or the facts get in the way. She is oblivious to the real world.

    February 21, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. pn

    If I would be on the Minnesota redistricting pane I would donate the block Bachmann lives on to Wisconsin.

    February 21, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. smum

    Still talking? Shut up Barbie. Go get yourself a "real" job. Remember, the government does not create jobs.

    February 21, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Betty MN

    First of all the Courts in MN were all appointed By Republicans or Jessie Ventura, Not any liberals there. Also the part of her district that was put in the 4th District is the least conservative part of her district. All she needs to do is move a few miles north and she will be fine, unfortunately

    February 21, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"Just as we suspected, the liberal courts have changed the makeup of Minnesota's Congressional districts," Bachmann wrote◄

    And the doggone Republicans in every other state did the same thing in favor of the Republicans. I hope someone else run in the 6th District that will beat Bachman... then what?

    Obama 2012

    February 21, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  17. CMcC

    Which is what people say when they don't get their way.

    February 21, 2012 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Tired of republican lies

    Guess who's getting voted out this year?....ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  19. Larry L

    The folks in her distict should celebrate.

    February 21, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  20. steven harnack

    So, I wonder if she will be consulting with her Congresswoman? Yes Michelle it was all a plot just to put YOUR house outside of the 6TH district. It might be legal to live outside of the district that you represent but I would never vote for anyone who did that.

    February 21, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. larry

    Its funny all over the South.(I live in texas check it out)Republican are redrawing district to benifit the GOP.Whats wrong honey baby sweetheart.Whats good for the gander ain't good for the goose.I hope you choke on your parties on B.S. Call santorum he'll tell you its Evil,Pure evil.Go pray about it honey.Ask your husband what you need to do he'll tell you.As long as you let men make the decision for you on what you need to do after all your in GOP.

    February 21, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She doesn't understand that the states do the redistricting. I would hope that she plans on moving or quit the House. I think either would be smart so that is why she isn't doing either.

    February 21, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. stevetall

    Oh, boo-hoo, Michelle. Your pathetic whining about 'liberal' courts cheating you is just another demonstration of how little you know about the US political system. Why don't you go back to being a housewife and spend your days clipping coupons? I feel strongly that you would be able to handle that assignment. You are a disgrace as a US Representative.

    February 21, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  24. enuff

    Why is it always someone's personal attack on her? Tom deLay didn't have a problem with redistricting and he was a republican. Ohhhhhh, now I get it.

    February 21, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. westward

    Does this mean Marcus will have to shut down his for-profit Pray-Away-The-Gay scam to a different district to make Michele on the up & up?

    February 22, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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