At tonight’s GOP presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — famous for making things up — embellished her own personal history when she claimed that she spent her “entire life in the private sector.” In fact, in case she doesn’t remember, according to her own official bio, she “served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000–2006” and then served in the U.S. Congress form 2006 onward.
Before that, she was a tax attorney for the IRS, as she touted just over a half hour earlier in the debate. But even that statement wasn’t entirely true, as she implied she still holds that government job, saying, “I’m a federal tax lawyer. That’s what I do for a living.
BACHMANN (9:23 p.m.): I’m 55, I spent my whole life in the private sector. I get job creation too.
BACHMANN (8:44 p.m.): I’m a federal tax lawyer. That’s what I do for a living.
Bachmann left the IRS job in 1993 and it’s worth noting that her short tenure there was less than stellar, as she “seldom entered a courtroom” and colleagues “cannot recall one important case or criminal prosecution she handled.”