|SD52 GOP Deputy Chair Eric Langness and Michele Bachmann|
By Karl Bremer
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek, the man who takes credit for launching Michele Bachmann’s political career, pleaded not guilty to domestic assault in Chisago County Court Aug. 4. He allegedly threw his girlfriend on his bed by her hair, tried to choke her and then dragged her down the stairs by her hair in a Memorial Day incident in Woodbury.
But one Washington County Republican Party officer suggests that Pulkrabek is being persecuted for political reasons and described the domestic assault charges against him as “a mild form of abuse.”
Eric Langness of Forest Lake, deputy chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota Senate District 52, made his comments online on the St. Paul Pioneer Press report on Pulkrabek’s court appearance.
“Who is in charge of this trial?” Langness wrote. “They have 4 counties (Washington,
Facebook page as a “trusted conservative voice.”
For the record, the Woodbury Police report states that Pulkrabek’s girlfriend alleged he “threw her onto his bed by her hair … he then pulled her down the stairs and out of his residence by her hair … that she was held down when on the bed and Pulrabek placed his forearm across her neck, which hindered her ability to breathe.” She told police she “pushed and kneed him to get him off of her.”
According to the Pioneer Press, Pulkrabek’s girlfriend stated in her application for a restraining order against Pulrabek that the argument was “sparked by a cat and an Estee Lauder skin-care product.”
Langness, a former Forest Lake School Board member, lists Michele Bachmann among the people he is inspired by, and like Pulkrabek, has been an ardent defender of her in the past. Langness was also on Tom Emmer’s gubernatorial campaign and is a past communications director for State Sen. Ray Vandeveer's campaign.
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No trial date has been set for Pulkrabek. It will be held in
. Washington County
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Pulkrabek mugshot: Washington County Jail
Quote image: St. Paul Pioneer Press