Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack on Friday declined to join Republican U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline in offering any criticism of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's quest to investigate a Muslim state department employee and others.
"Let the facts go where they go," Cravaack said on TPT's Almanac program.
He said he was asked to sign on to her letters, sent to several federal agencies, which asked for an investigation of potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the United States government and specifically raised questions about a Muslim state department employee. Cravaack said he declined to sign because he could not confirm the letters' allegations.
After U.S. Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and 2008 presidential candidate, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner publicly criticized Bachmann's accusations, Paulsen said Bachmann's comments were inappropriate and Kline said they were "a bit over the line."
Asked if he join would join them in criticizing Bachmann, Cravaack, a freshman from Minnesota's northern Eighth District, said: "Michele is going to answer to the charges that were. I say just let the facts go where they go."
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota's Third Congressional District has more than $1.58 million banked for his re-election campaign, including $450,000 raised during the months of April, May and June.
The two-term incumbent's fundraising totals have improved since the same point in 2010 when he had $1.34 million stocked away for his campaign.
DFL challenger Brian Barnes raised slightly more than $107,000 during the second quarter and has $56,550 in the bank.
Paulsen's Republican primary opponents John Howard III, had not yet to report their fundraising numbers as of this morning.
U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., much in the news this week, has been picked to give the Republican response to President Obama’s weekly address on Saturday.
The selection comes in a week when the House voted overwhelmingly to approve Paulsen’s bill repealing a tax on medical device makers under Obama's health care overhaul.
Thursday's House vote, in defiance of a White House veto threat, moves the tax repeal effort to the Democrat-led Senate, where its prospects look bleak.
Still, Paulsen's selection allows the Republicans to play offense on "Obamacare" during a month when the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on the landmark law.
Paulsen is the first Minnesota Republican to deliver the GOP response to one of Obama's weekly addresses since August, 2009, when Rep. John Kline got the call and pressed Obama and the Democrats to hit reset button and renegotiate the health care law.