Immelman for Congress does not have the million-dollar war chest of the endorsed major-party candidates to wage an expensive air war in what thus far has been an almost entirely self-funded campaign.
But in the final week of the campaign, Aubrey Immelman has launched a ground assault in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District with an ad campaign on all fronts — running ads in 25 district newspapers with a combined circulation of approximately 150,000 (250,000 when repeat runs are factored in).
Yesterday, we ran ads in the St. Cloud Times, the Buffalo Wright County Journal-Press, the Forest Lake Times, the Kimball Tri-County News, the Lake Elmo Leader, and the Stillwater Courier.
Today, we hit the Anoka County Union, the Paynesville Press, the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Record, the Rockford Area News, the Sartell Newsleader, the St. Joseph Newsleader, and the Waite Park Newsleader.
Tomorrow we run in the Becker Citizen, the Big Lake West Sherburne Tribune, the Clearwater Tribune, and the Wright County Drummer.
Other district newspapers will follow through Election Day, including repeat runs Sunday and Tuesday in the St. Cloud Times.
Our ads are neither attack ads nor issue ads – position statements can be read on this website — but public information ads that inform voters of the write-in option in the 6th District and illustrate how to cast a write-in vote for the candidate.
Today, we’re also launching a new YouTube video on the Immelman for Congress YouTube channel, courtesy of KMSP Fox 9 in Minneapolis, which reports on Immelman’s reasons for challenging Rep. Michele Bachmann as a write-in candidate. The full text of Immelman’s indictment of Bachmann can be read here: Write-in Candidacy Announcement.
Immelman Launches Write-in Campaign Against Bachmann
MINNEAPOLIS (Fox 9, Oct. 20, 2008; Ellen Galles reporting) — Tonight, another Republican is launching a write-in campaign. He says he’s not in it to win; he’s in it to make a point.
The fact that Aubrey Immelman has pulled out his box of old campaign material is just one more sign of how significantly the 6th District congressional race changed over the weekend.
Immelman: “I want this to be a referendum within the Republican Party on the kind of leadership — or, more pertinently, the lack of leadership — that Rep. Michele Bachmann has shown.”
Immelman lost to Bachmann in the primary but filed to run as a write-in after hearing her on MSNBC Friday night.
Bachmann (to Chris Matthews): “I’m very concerned that he [Obama] may have anti-American views; that’s what the American people are concerned about.”
In that interview, Bachmann told host Chris Matthews she’s concerned Barack Obama has anti-American views and that the media should look into other members of Congress and whether or not they’re anti-American.
Immelman: “We have to understand that we’re all American; we might have differences of opinion, but no one has any business questioning the patriotism of any member of Congress, no matter what their party-political affiliation.”
Immelman is not the only one who was offended. Bachmann’s comments have gotten national attention and have given the DFL [Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party] a sudden, unexpected boost in the 6th District.
But Bachmann says she’s being misquoted and misunderstood. She appeared on the Fox 9 Morning News today to set the record straight.
Bachmann: “This has been completely misconstrued to say that I believe members of Congress are anti-American. I never said that. I said the media should look into it.”
In the end, voters will have to decide how to interpret all this; not just what Bachmann said, but whether Immelman is more than just a candidate with a box of old campaign material.
Newstalk KNSI AM 1450
October 29, 2009
Sixth District Republican write-in candidate Aubrey Immelman is doing some advertising in how to cast a write-in vote. Immelman says he bought 22 insertions in papers covering most of the Sixth District with a circulation of 116,000. The first of four ads appear in the St. Cloud Times today.
The ad is replica of what the November 4th ballot would look like.
Immelman says a vote for him is a referendum against GOP incumbent Michele Bachmann who is endorsed by the party.
Immelman is an associate professor at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
He lost to Bachmann in the primary and re-launched his campaign after the Congresswoman’s “anti-American” comments.
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