Michele Bachmann on the campaign trail with her husband Dr. Marcus Bachmann
The husband of Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn., is not a licensed psychologist. However, the potential first First Gentleman, Marcus Bachmann, is currently running a controversial clinic that suggests prayer as a counseling method to effectively ‘convert’ gay people. News of the clinic’s tactics was reported by ABC News last Monday and has since brought criticism to Michele Bachmann, who is currently seeking the Republican nomination for president.
Is it appropriate and relevant to comment on the doings of Michele Bachmann’s family? It’s a murky area. But in this case, yes, I think it is. A political figure, who is running for the highest office in the land, will by definition have every detail of their life explored, scrutinized and exposed. This is a part of the American democratic process and, in many ways, it is a necessary part of electing an adequate public official. Even the personal life of a candidate is fair game to the public. But when it comes to family I believe there is a fine line. Although often distorted and hard to make out, it does exist.