Bradlee Dean is a Minnesota radio host, anti-gay activist, and drummer for the band Junkyard Prophet, voted “the second-best unsigned band in the nation” in 1996 by Heaven’s Metal magazine. (The best unsigned in the nation, according to Heaven’s Metal, was P.O.D.) Dean is likely the only scheduled speaker at the tea party Freedom Jamboree with a tattoo of Abraham sacrificing Isaac on his forearm; he is almost certainly the only scheduled speaker who has ever gone more than a decade without cutting his hair—a lifestyle decision that gives him a more-than-passing resemblance to Poison’s Bret Michaels.
He is not, in other words, the kind of person you’d normally associate with Michele Bachmann. But over the last five years, the two have formed an unlikely but powerful alliance. MoJo’s Tim Murphy has the story.