Bachmann Hit by Conservative Blogs Over Swiss Citizenship

Sunday, 13 May 2012 10:13 PM

By Newsmax Staff

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
When word got out that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., had filed for an acquired Swiss citizenship back on March 19, she got slammed with an icy avalanche of criticism from conservative blogs, reports Politico.com.

By Thursday of this past week, the former GOP presidential contender announced she was withdrawing her citizenship in a country her husband holds dual citizenship with.

Bachmann’s trumpeting of her new citizenship didn’t sit well with conservatives.

Among her detractors was Mark Krikorian of the National Review.

“Dual citizenship isn’t simply a matter of convenience, a way to make travel easier or a sentimental tie to the Auld Sod,” Krikorian added in a piece headlined “Swiss Miss.” “It’s a formal declaration of divided allegiance, civic bigamy, if you will,” Krikorian wrote.

Bachmann’s husband holds dual citizenship as a matter of birth, and the U.S. government sees no problem with such status and does not require such dual citizens to renounce their citizenship outside the United States.

But the United States does discourage citizens, like Bachmann, from seeking and applying for dual citizenship and warns such citizens may lose their U.S. citizenship.

The State Department website states: "A person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship."

When Rep. Bachmann announced that she was withdrawing her Swiss citizenship, she said it was to “make it perfectly clear” that she’s a “proud American citizen.”

A former Bachmann congressional staffer told Poltico.com: “She didn’t think there was anything wrong with holding or applying for Swiss citizenship while serving as a member of the U.S. Congress. She didn’t think it might be perceived as a conflict of interest as a candidate for president or for re-election to her House seat.”

Some detractors, however, went beyond calling for an end to any appearance of conflict of interest, casting the dual citizenship adventure as a stake through the political heart of Bachmann.

“How she thinks that she can sit in the Congress of the United States after swearing allegiance to the country of Switzerland is beyond my comprehension,” wrote conservative blogger Lori Stacy on Examiner.com. “Michele Bachmann needs to step down immediately and apologize profusely to all of our citizens and especially the residents of her district in Minnesota for carrying on this egregious offense of representing them since March 19 after becoming a citizen of a different country.”

Bachmann’s latest fiasco may mean a continued erosion of support she holds from patriotic tea party supporters.

Bachmann has already been criticized for raising millions of dollars nationally for her congressional seat, promising to remain a thorn in the Washington establishment. Instead of fulfilling that promise, Bachmann used millions of the funds she raised for a losing presidential bid many saw as an ego trip for her.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

SD Ex-Gov. Rounds: "I'm Not Taking the Senate Race For Granted"

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 06:47 AM

Despite opinions voiced by numerous national pundits that Republicans are assured of picking up the seat of retiring Sou . . .

Eyeing 2016, Rubio to Push US Strength Abroad in Key Speech

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 06:34 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the Wh . . .

House Dems Launch Their Own Benghazi Website

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 19:58 PM

Democrats on the House Benghazi Select Committee unveiled a website on Tuesday intended to answer questions about the 20 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved