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 BachmannKlobuchar urges CNN town hall audience: 'That's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' Will Biden lead a 'return to normalcy' in 2020? 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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Reps. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeGiuliani: Trump lawyers saw Mueller report Tuesday as they prepared rebuttal Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign MORE (D-Texas), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Great challenges require great vision MORE (D-Ore.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) were recognized at the vegan food-filled black-tie event, hosted by "Baywatch" alum Pamela Anderson and veteran GOP strategist Mary Matalin.

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."