After her intense and fairly short-lived presidential campaign, it was immediately unclear whether Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was going to stay in politics, much less run again for her 6th District House seat. With redistricting in the state, her political future was much more fluid than it was just a year ago.
Once the new map was released and Bachmann’s home had been moved into the 4th district — a much more liberal area that includes the capital of the state, St. Paul, and was already represented by Minnesota Democrat Betty McCollum, Bachmann quickly announced that she would be running not in the 4th, but in the newly redrawn 6th.
It had taken a while to get moving, but now Democrats are lining up to take a shot at unseating the Tea Party congresswoman. None of the three candidates have political experience, but all are willing to do what they can to make sure the most conservative member of the Minnesota delegation doesn’t get another term.
First to announce was lawyer Anne Nolan. Dubbed an “Occupy Wall Street Activist,” Nolan appears eager to win over the grassroots of the party in order to beat Bachmann. Her big advantage, besides her self-identification as part of the “99%” is her gender, being the only female to run for the DFL (Democratic Farmer Laborer) endorsement. But as an anti-choice candidate, it will be very difficult for her to secure the nomination. Not totally impossible, however — in 2008 the DFL endorsed an anti-choice candidate, too, but one with political heft and in a much more conservative district.
Now, two more challengers have stepped into the ring. Neither candidate has a politics background, and both businessmen say the race will be focused on economic issues that their business experience will make them ready to tackle. Brian McGoldrick, a local resident, supports the basic core DFL principles, including marriage equality and reproductive freedom, and says he will likely self-finance his campaign some as he goes. Graves Global Hospitality CEO Michael Graves is actually a resident of Minneapolis, where he owns a posh downtown hotel, but he is a 6th district native and trustee at a local college there, and has secured a well-known DFL consultant for his campaign.
The DFL endorsement contest will be held in April. All candidates but Graves have said they will abide by the endorsement.
Photo credit: fibonacciblue