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Aug 13th, 2008

Sixth District Walking Tour: Today’s Schedule

This morning, I will resume the walking tour where I left off late Monday afternoon, in Salida, about 4 miles north of Big Lake, from where I will walk to Elk River (10 miles), Ramsey (10 miles), and Anoka (5 miles) for a total of 29 miles.

I hope to reach Anoka by 7 or 8 p.m.



I reached Anoka shortly before 8 p.m. See below for photos taken at the start and finish of today’s stretch. (My apologies for the poor quality; the photos were take with a video camera.)

Thursday will be a day for taking care of campaign office business and working on my law enforcement/public safety policy statement. The walking tour resumes Friday morning in Anoka and ends Saturday in Stillwater.

Starting third leg of Sixth District walking tour, Salida, Aug. 13, 2008.
Starting the third leg of the Sixth District walking tour, Salida.

End of third leg of Sixth District walking tour, Anoka, Aug. 13, 2008.
End of the third leg of the Sixth District walking tour, Anoka.


Related report

Sixth District Republican Challenger Learning the District a Foot at a Time

By T.W. Budig
ECM Capitol reporter
August 13, 2008

“It’s a lonely job out here,” said Aubrey Immelman, 6th Congressional District Republican challenger.

While 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, was appearing on CNN today (Aug. 13), Immelman was plodding down Highway 10 intent on reaching Anoka.

The journey is part of Immelman’s campaign strategy to cross the big district on foot to advertise his challenge to Bachmann in the Sept. 9 primary.

“I’m giving everyone the thumbs up but no one knows who I am,” said Immelman, talking on a cell phone along Highway 10 this morning as trucks zoomed by.

“I’m just outside of Big Lake but I’m going to press on to Anoka if I can, even if I don’t get there by eight (p.m.),” he said.

If Immelman succeeds in reaching the Halloween Capitol of World he would have hoofed about 26 miles.

Immelman is carrying a campaign sign with him, but it’s not one that can easily be read at 65 mph, he noted.

“(It’s) not a huge sign. I have a regular, typing-paper-sized thing around my neck,” said the college professor and security expert. …

“If I can get the message out that the guy you see walking along the highway — he’ll either give you a military salute or a thumbs up — that’s the guy who’s walking for Congress,” said Immelman. …

Near Big Lake the candidate paused by a cross on the roadside — someone must have been killed, Immelman guessed — when two elderly ladies stopped.

“The first thing they wanted to know was ‘Republican or Democrat?’ ” said Immelman.

The seniors informed Immelman that they couldn’t vote for him because he was from the wrong party, he explained.

“They said, ‘We’re from Stillwater. We don’t like Michele Bachmann but we can’t vote for you because we’re Democrats,’ ” he said. …

[Note: Minnesota has open primaries, so there are no restrictions on Democrats or independents voting in the Republican primary. — AI]

Full story


Found this on a blog called “The Mississippifarian,” dated Aug. 4, 2009. Make of it what you will.

Cold Out There

Things are going exactly the way the DFL and Republicans want things to go. One party is being brilliant, the other one is being retarded. Stay tuned to find out which is which, or whether the Independence Party can somehow make them both look like idiots (again). […]

No class, no heart — the DFL doesn’t have much of anything going for it anymore other than a ruthless sense of how to exclude others from the decision-making process. […]

Not that the Republicans are a bunch of sweethearts either. It’s just that they gravitate so hard towards one leader, one nation, that its hard to get them to field more than one candidate. Like McKinley, Republicans just sit at home on the porch and wait for the national party leaders to come calling to ask them if they would be the party’s torchbearer.

Except in CD6 where Michele Bachmann has primary opposition. Read quick, I doubt you’ll see Aubrey Immelman’s name again unless you’re a CD6 voter.

As for Republican leaders, they barely have him on the radar screen.

“We are not being distracted by this gentleman’s filing,” state Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey said. “As the Republican chair, I had never heard of him before. I don’t think we have too much to fear.”

He said the party also isn’t changing its strategy because of him.

“I don’t know of any resource, any time, that is being spent on this so-called challenge,” he added.

That. Is. Cold.

But not as cold as the DFL’s approach. A quote from the state party chair? Who’s that? The DFL has the bar none weakest state party apparatus I’ve ever seen. Activists distrust party staffers, and the DFL has utterly emasculated their state party organization into fiefdoms run by local poobahs who spend their time navel gazing (from a uniquely inside-out POV).

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