Michele Bachmann: A True Swiss Miss!

Is the former GOP presidential candidate jumping ship for Switzerland?

What do Michele Bachmann and my favorite hot cocoa have in common?  They’re both Swiss, of course!

No, it’s not another birther scandal. According to the Swiss consulate in Chicago, the Tea Party favorite from Minnesota automatically became a citizen of Switzerland last month when her husband claimed his citizenship. 

Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, has always been eligible for Swiss citizenship due to his parents’ nationality. His family hails from Thurgau in the northeastern portion of Switzerland and his parents emigrated after marrying there. They then raised Marcus and his two brothers on a farm in Wisconsin. Marcus hadn’t claimed his citizenship until earlier this year and when his claim was finalized on March 19, Michele was automatically granted citizenship as his spouse.

The Bachmann’s three youngest children have also been granted citizenship. Their two older children are eligible for fast-track citizenship should they choose to apply. In fact, according to a Bachmann spokesperson, the Bachmann children were the catalyst for the application process. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent, so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978. However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family,” said Becky Rogness.

Bachmann was interviewed by Swiss public TV in Washington D.C. earlier this week, and while she spoke highly of Switzerland and her in-laws, she neither confirmed nor directly denied plans to run for office in her new country. As a citizen, she would be eligible to do so, but it seems unlikely. 

The interview took place as she spent time with a group of Swiss parliamentarians. When questioned about her political motives she responded that the competition “would be very stiff because they are very good,” referring to the parliamentarians standing behind her. 

Diana Prichard is a red-leaning freelance writer living and working in a blue state. She authors Cultivating the Art of Sustenance, and you can follow her on Twitter here: @diana_prichard.

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