KCTV meterologist Gary Amble rarely dips his toe into political waters, but he’ll make an exception for Rep. Michele Bachmann, believed to be just days away from announcing her candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.
“She’s incredibly honest, she’s incredibly smart…personally I think she would (make a good president),” he said Monday.
Amble admits to a slight bias in his assessment. He and Bachmann are brother and sister.
The longtime TV weatherman says he doesn’t know if Bachmann will actually run for president — there have been no family summits, he said, to discuss the possibility.
He said he isn’t worried that a Bachmann candidacy will change his life, although he admits to struggling sometimes when he sees his older sister criticized in the media.
“Things don’t bother her probably as much as they would bother me,” he said. “If they spoof her on Saturday Night Live, she thinks it’s funny. Her kids kind of think it’s funny. But I would look at it, because you’re a brother and kind of protective of your sister, it would make it harder.”
Bachmann is four years older than Amble, who like her was born in Waterloo, Ia., where Bachmann is widely expected to announce her candidacy this month. He has worked in Iowa, Texas, and Kansas, and has been with KCTV for almost 17 years.
He says he doesn’t expect to trade his Doppler for delegate counts — or any other public advocacy for Bachmann.
“We talk about family stuff when we get together, how our family is doing,” he said. “She would never, ever ask me to change my life for her in any way.”