Michele Bachmann's public paranoia isn't much different from what she's like in private.
The Miami Herald has exposed a history of police calls and requests Bachmann has made, including the infamous case, explored in detail, of Bachmann's being held in a bathroom against her will by a nun and a lesbian.
Bachmann or her staff have made seven other police reports. Most recently, Bachmann took the June 18 incident where she got glitter-bombed as such a threat that she alerted Capitol Police.
Michele Bachmann, an ex-nun, and a lesbian walk into a bathroom sounds like the first line of a joke, but it's actually very real, as documented by an April 2005 police report and interviews with those involved, the Herald's story shows.
As a state senator in April 2005, Bachmann held a public meeting at Scandia City Hall. When the topic of a gay marriage ban came up, Bachmann ended the meeting and made for the bathroom. Nancy Cosgriff, a former nun who had been trying to talk to Bachmann, followed her in to continue the conversation.
Another woman, Pamela Arnold, who happened to be a lesbian but tells the Herald she had a question about education, also followed Bachmann into the bathroom.
At that point, Bachmann began shouting that she needed to leave, and then calling for help. Cosgriff told the Herald she couldn't understand Bachmann's reaction:
But apologies from a nun are not enough. Bachmann filed a police report for "possible false imprisonment."
"I was amazed and concerned when she erupted in this emotional outburst without provocation... I tried to apologize for any misunderstanding."
Another police alert came after Bachmann got an e-mail earlier this year from constituent Brad Trandem of Lakeland. Trandem's short e-mail ended with the line, "I would also keep a little closer tabs on the dear hubby if I were you." Coming shortly after Gabrielle Giffords's shooting, the e-mail was forwarded by Bachmann's office to the Capitol Police, labeled as a "threat."
Trandem told the Herald he didn't mean anything threatening, and said that Bachmann is paranoid, and hypocritical, for using threatening language.
"She does all this criticism of other people's lives and talks about how people should be 'armed and dangerous.' But then someone says something critical about her and she calls the police."Bachmann's record of police reports also includes when her house was egged, twice, in 2007 and when her campaign yard signs were stolen in 2002. And, as mentioned, her staff felt it necessary to alert Capitol Police that Bachmann had been glitter-bombed in June.
As the Herald notes, not a single arrest has been made after any of Bachmann's reports.