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Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann — a frequent critic of government waste and excessive spending — is less critical when that money comes into her Minnesota congressional district.
Bachmann, for example, is a staunch supporter of a $690 million bridge project that would connect the 20,000 inhabitants of Stillwater, MN, to a small, unincorporated town in Wisconsin just across the St. Croix River.
David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, calls Bachmann’s double-standard the “height of hypocrisy.”
In an statement to The Daily Caller, Williams said:
As a self-acclaimed fiscally conservative member of Congress you can’t pick and choose which projects are questionable and which are not just because a project happens to be in your district. Being a budget hawk also means that you have to scrutinize projects that are in your district or state.
Bachmann’s office defends the project as a safety issue and claims the bridge should have been built years ago. But critics say other bridges in Minnesota need to be replaced and should have a higher priority than the St. Croix River project.
Those bridges, however, are not in Michelle Bachmann’s district so the Minnesota Congresswoman considers them wasteful spending.