Jewish Donors Think Bachmann Is ... Jewish

And that's bad news for Mitt Romney's quest for cash
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2011 9:54 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2011 10:03 AM CDT
Jewish Voters Think Michele Bachmann Is ... Jewish
In this Aug. 26, 2011 file photo, Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks to supporters.   (AP Photo/Rick Wilson, file)

(Newser) – Michele Bachmann likes to talk to crowds about "the creator of the universe, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ." Yet for some reason, some Jewish donors think she's ... Jewish. And what may be good for her campaign coffers is bad news for Romney's, according to the New York Post. The paper reports that he's been trying to court Jewish donors who are fed up with Obama, but what he's hearing is that they'd rather fork over the cash to a Jewish candidate than a Mormon one. Except the Jew they're throwing their cash to is actually a Lutheran.

"It's a real problem," says one Romney fundraiser. "We're working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama's Israel problem. This was surprising." And it may also be underhanded! At least, according to sources, who tell the Post that Team Romney thinks Bachmann and her supporters might be fueling the Jewish rumor. So what are Bachmann's ties to Judaism? The Post notes that she frequently talks about her time on a kibbutz as a teen in 1974, and in a speech this year she mentioned that she makes sure she attends at least one Jewish-theme play or movie annually. (Read more Michele Bachmann stories.)

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