Congressman Michele Bachmann's office is vehemently denying a published report that Ms. Bachmann is a direct descendent of the infamous Typhoid Mary. The web site Myrelatives.org is reporting otherwise. Evidently, Ms. Bachmann is directly related to Mary, and many in the US Congress have pointed to this fact as a reason for Ms. Bachmann's peculiar behavior.
A brief history of Typhoid Mary from Wikipedia:
"Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 - November 11, 1938), also known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States to be identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever. Over the course of her career as a cook, she is known to have infected 53 people, three of whom died from the disease.[Her notoriety is in part due to her vehement denial of her own role in spreading the disease, together with her refusal to cease working as a cook. She was forcibly quarantined twice by public health authorities and died in quarantine."
Ms. Bachmann issued the following statement: "I AM NOT a relative of this Typhoid Mary person.I don't even know who she is for God's sake! Besides, they say she was Irish. Yuck! No one in my family is Irish going all the way back to Attila the Hun. We should hunt down and kill by lethal injection those that are spreading this disgusting rumor."
In related news, The Tokyo Rose Society of Yokohama, Japan has announced that Congressman Michele Bachmann of the United States Congress has been awarded the Female of the Year award for 2011. "Another vicious rumor," shouted Bachmann at a reporter, "and I'm not even going to attend the award ceremony. I'm giving my rebuttal to Obama's State of the Union speech that night!"
Sarah Palin immediately issued a statement in defense of her friend: "Who's Tokyo Rose?"