Democrats Line Up To Challenge Bachmann

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.

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Phil K.
Phil Konigsberg5 years ago

In New York State, one only has to reside in the state to run for any congressional seat within the state. So those who know the geography of New York, you can live in New York City and run for the congressional district in Buffalo.

I don't know if this applies to all states or to Minnesota in particular.

Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

I hope the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party can come up with a vibrant array of appealing alternatives to Bachmann, chose the best one, and defeat her.

Kathleen L.
Kathleen L6 years ago

oh, boy-- Bachmann in an election year! I can't wait to her what comes out of her mouth when she's campaigning! Michelle, without you there is no laughter in my otherwise drab life. Without you, how could I ever have learned the true meaning of absurdity?

Neil A.
Neil A6 years ago

Another tea party wacko

Michael Anda
Michael Anda6 years ago

Carl Oerke
Carl O6 years ago

After" Batshit" Bachmann's dismal performance in the race for Republican Presidential nominee not to mention her many campaign gaffs though she said she made none. Michelle you may not be aware of it but Lexington and Concord are not in New Hampshire and Paul Revere did not ride through Boston shouting "the Americans are coming" because we were already there. Stupid but cute might work for Sarah Palin, but stupid and angry and mean spirited just is not working for you. Time to hang up your political aspirations and help your husband pray away his gay.

Michael Anda
Michael Anda6 years ago

Do people here realize that Bachmann was CHOSEN by Minnesota's 6th District voters to represent them?

Vera Y.
Vera Yuno6 years ago

Another fuckin ' batshit!

Charles Yheaulon
Charles Yheaulon6 years ago

I almost hope she wins, at least then we'll know where she is , but I can't wish that on the poor people of that district.

James K.
Mike K6 years ago

It must be hard on Michelle Bachmann being against gay marriage and in one at the same time.

Hey Michelle, Marcus is wearing your pantyhose, again.