Rep. Keith Ellison took Rep. Michele Bachmann to task today via his Blackberry.
Ellison, arguably the most liberal member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation, chided his conservative colleague on Twitter for leaving a Financial Services Committee meeting before witnesses had offered their testimony.
The hearing was held to discuss the possible expansion of the Community Reinvestment Act, which encourages lenders to aid low-income areas. Bachmann criticized the CRA and ACORN before leaving, according to Ellison’s tweets (below).
“Michele Bachmann uses her time at financial services to attack CRA, ACORN, and then promptly walks out when experts begin testimony,” Ellison wrote.
In a statement released today about the CRA, Bachmann said the law “encourages low underwriting standards and risky lending behavior” and contributed to this fall’s financial collapse. Bachmann’s problems with ACORN are also no secret.
And though spelling is rarely a priority on Twitter, it’s probably worth noting that Ellison spelled Bachmann’s name wrong – twice. There’s only one “l” in Michele.
Update: Bachmann spokesman Dave Dziok has this response to Ellison’s comments: “Maybe Congressman Ellison should worry less about what Congresswoman Bachmann is doing, and more about what the friends heâ€™s defending like ACORN are doing with his constituentsâ€™ tax dollars.â€
Correction: In an incredibly ironic twist, I misspelled Bachmann’s name myself in the first sentence of this post. It’s since been fixed.