If you’d believe Tarryl Clark’s latest ad, you’d think that Michele Bachmann had nominated BP and their executives for sainthood and British knighthood. Ever since Michele criticized President Obama’s gangster tactics, Tarryl’s been telling anyone willing to listen that Michele was BP’s shill. This interview with CNN’s John King should put to rest the whoppers that Tarryl’s been telling:

REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R), MINNESOTA: Well first of all, I’m not here to shill (ph) for BP. That’s not the goal. BP clearly is at fault here. They need to pay every last dime of damage and that’s what needs to be done. But at the same time, we don’t want these payouts to become political. We don’t think it’s a good idea for the federal government to see private industry as essentially a piggy bank for the federal government. So every claim needs to be paid out. And we actually had a process set up through the court system. That’s why this was kind of an unusual process. We already had a system set up to deal with claims in the case of oil spills where a court independently without any political implications would pay out legitimate claims. Now we don’t have that situation. This is an appointee from the Obama administration who will be doing the payouts. And it’s the pay czar dealing with the administration. So this is very different from what we’ve done in the past. And while it’s important that all the claims get paid, let’s just make sure that this isn’t a permanent ATM card.

Tarryl, does that sound like BP’s shill? Does that sound like Michele is standing with BP?

This information makes me wonder why the $20,000,000,000 fund was needed:

JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: They say, the administration says this process with Ken Feinberg, who did this for 9/11 victims will be faster. They hope more efficient than any court system would be. You disagree?

BACHMANN: Well, I don’t know. I hope that that’s true. I will give the Obama administration the benefit of the doubt that I agree with them, that I hope that’s what it will be. A lot of people don’t realize that BP already had, I was curious on this, they had 600 people who were already paying out claims. There were 43,000 claims filed. 20,000 claims had already been paid off. It was in BP’s best interests to make sure the claimants were satisfied otherwise the claimants could go into a court system which is far more expensive. So as long as people are getting their claims paid, everyone is happy. We want that to happen, because as you showed earlier on your tape, real people with real lives and real livelihoods are at risk right now. And it’s a tragedy on a number of levels, not only personally and economically, but the environmental disaster is real and it has to be accounted for.

Since settlements were already being paid, what purpose is the trust fund serving? I could justify it if BP was being obstinant. With them settling the claims quickly, though, what purpose is it serving?

The bottom line is this: Tarryl’s ad was based on her intentionally taking Michele’s words out of context, then twisting them to portray Michele as BP’s cheerleader.

That’s what candidates do when they’re a bad fit for the district, which Tarryl is. They know that they face an uphill fight so they start slinging mud in the hopes that something sticks. That’s the only way Tarryl can gain any traction this cycle.

Right now, I’m betting that Michele’s ad highlighting Tarryl’s vote to raise taxes has done more damage to Tarryl than Tarryl’s deceptive ad has had on Michele. Combine that with Tarryl starting out facing an uphill climb and I think that what we’re looking at is Tarryl trailing Michele by 7-10 points at this moment.

I think that’s why Tarryl went this negative this fast. Things won’t get easier for Tarryl after this, either, because I’d expect Michele to outwork Tarryl from now through Election Day.

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4 Responses to “Michele’s Interview Exposes Tarryl’s Accusations As Fabrications”

  • walter hanson says:


    I haven’t heard or seen this discuss much, but if Obama’s oil drilling ban stands will the BP trust fund be use to pay for the unemployment that causes.

    It’s clear that the unemployment will be caused by Obama not BP. Yet he will use BP dollars to pay for a political gimmick that makes him look good to the environmental movement. If he wants the gimmick than it should be open fact that the US government (us taxpayers) will be paying not BP for something which even Michelle with a straight face can argue that it’s not their fault.

    And if stop offshore drilling now how are going to finish that side well to slow the oil leaking?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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