Hurricane Irene, the powerful storm that ripped the American East Coast and has left 45 people dead so far, was a message from God, if you believe Republican and Tea Party presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann, the fundamentalist religious, often controversial, quick to words candidate, had an interesting remark quoted in the St. Petersburg Times.

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” the newspaper reported she told voters during a rally in Sarasota, Fla. “We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

Bachmann’s campaign denied she meant the comments as a serious religious attack on the East Coast. “Obviously she was saying it in jest,” campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told TalkingPointsMemo in a statement.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at guilfoil.j@blastmagazine.com. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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