Bachmann aides block reporters at press conference

Reporters tried to ask Bachmann about a Congressional Ethics probe into her 2012 campaign

Published April 9, 2013 8:52PM (EDT)

 Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.                 (Facebook/teambachmann)
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. (Facebook/teambachmann)

After a press conference alongside Minnesota state Sen. Sean Nienow, Rep. Michele Bachmann was shielded by staffers to help her once again avoid questions from reporters.

The press conference with Nienow, R, was "to discuss problems with Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to doctors in Minnesota.  Both are introducing legislation increasing accountability and transparency," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

But when reporters tried to ask about a Congressional Ethics probe into alleged campaign finance violations by Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign, Bachmann, R-Minn., darted away, assisted by aide Deb Steiskal, who blocked reporters. You can see pictures taken by the Star Tribune here.

Bachmann has recently made similar moves to avoid questioning by CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, who tried to ask about seemingly erroneous statements in Bachmann's CPAC speech.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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