In an Internet posting late last month, former Governor Arne Carlson called her an embarrassment to the state and compared her to Joseph McCarthy, the Republican senator from Wisconsin whose anti-communist campaign in the 1950s ended the careers of some Americans.
“Like McCarthy, she has found herself in decline and outside her party’s power structure,” Carlson wrote. “What has happened to Bachmann is common with the McCarthy types -- they rise quickly as they step loudly and carelessly on the reputations of innocent people and they fall just as rapidly in accordance with the public’s insistence on truth and decency.”
In an e-mail, Bachmann campaign manager Chase Kroll declined to respond to Carlson’s comments.
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