What does dual citizenship with Switzerland mean for U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann? FOX 9's Rob Olson explains.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
Rep. Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.
Bachmann spokeswoman Becky Rogness says the Minnesota congresswoman has been eligible for dual citizenship through her marriage to husband Marcus, who is of Swiss decent.
"My husband is 100 percent Swiss, and his parents were raised in Switzerland," she said.
The decision to formalize dual US-Swiss citizenship was made as a family after the couple's children said they wanted to do it.
Bachmann told Swiss TV that she and her family visit the country a lot, and their children recommended they apply for the citizenship they would be afforded due to their family history.
Yet, Bachmann's previous patriotic banter has many wondering if this could become a political blunder.
Gina Christ's parents, who own the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis -- a German restaurant, went to a school for restaurateurs in Switzerland for three years in the 1990s. When asked about it, Christ said she thinks Bachmann would be a good fit for Switzerland because it is a pretty conservative country -- but the motivation perplexed her.
David Morker, president of the Twin Cities Swiss American Association, says it's not that odd -- especially since Bachmann's relatives live in a very conservative area. Although the country does have mandated universal health care, it's not universally popular.
"Actually, we have a debate going on right now too," he said. "There's always cost implications, and as much as you have views over here -- and vocal views, you have those same views in Switzerland."
There is nothing in U.S. law that says a congresswoman can't hold dual citizenship.