Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala

While her former colleagues in Congress were being honored for their work on behalf of animal rights, ex-Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannGillibrand becomes latest candidate scrutinized for how she eats on campaign trail Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents Yes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy MORE (R-Minn.) says she was shopping for furs.

ITK, who had just covered the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) inaugural gala, caught up with Bachmann Thursday night in the entryway to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Washington.

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When asked if she knew about the animal rights organization's bash taking place in the hotel, a smiling Bachmann, who was standing with husband, Marcus Bachmann, replied without missing a beat, "That's why we came to visit the furs."

The former congresswoman pointed to a Neiman Marcus inaugural shop in the hotel's lobby, which featured a roomful of fur coats and stoles for sale.

Saying his wife pet the chinchilla fur, Marcus Bachmann added with a grin, "We didn't buy anything though."