Bachmann Bridge Effort May Bring Negative GOP Reaction

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s effort to build a new St. Croix River bridge between Minnesota and Wisconsin may come back to bite her as a presidential candidate.

The Hill newspaper, which covers Congress, reported that the Minnesota Republican’s push could be a target in the GOP presidential contest because some consider it wasteful spending. Even U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., says that about the proposed four-lane bridge that would replace an aging and ailing lift bridge at Stillwater.

“Some critics mutter Bachmann’s plan is akin to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere, the $400-billion proposed bridge that former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) tried to build to Gravina Island, a small community off Alaska’s cost,” The Hill reported in August. “Government-waste watchdogs are crying hypocrisy because Bachmann positioned herself as a leading critic of federal spending who voted against legislation to raise the debt limit earlier this month.”

The bridge and related work could cost up to $690 million. It would connect Wisconsin’s fastest-growing area to the Twin Cities.