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Bachmann Asks Local Republicans to Return Her to Office

Bachmann speaks in St. Cloud (St. Cloud Times, March 17, 2012) — Michele Bachmann speaks during a stop at the District 14 Republican Convention in St. Cloud on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (02:31)

By Mark Sommerhauser
St. Cloud Times
March 17, 2012

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Saturday urged St. Cloud Republicans to help her return to Congress this November, vowing to “continue to be an absolute fighter from the word ‘go.’”

Bachmann, R-Stillwater, stressed points that underpinned her former bid for the GOP presidential nomination. She said she wants to keep working to erase two of President Obama’s biggest lawmaking accomplishments: the health care act of 2010 and the Dodd-Frank financial act.

Bachmann’s remarks came at the Senate District 14 Republican convention at South Junior High School in St. Cloud. …

Bachmann spoke before votes to select delegates to the 6th Congressional District GOP convention and to the state Republican convention. The latter event will be held at the River’s Edge Convention Center [St. Cloud] in May. …

Bachmann has said she’ll seek a fourth term in the 6th District. Its new boundaries will retain the district’s core turf: the St. Cloud area, Sherburne and Wright counties and most of Anoka County, as well as new territory in western Carver County.

But the district will no longer include Bachmann’s home near Stillwater. Bachmann has emphasized her long-standing ties to the 6th District in explaining why she’ll run again there.

Bachmann told those at the Senate District 14 convention that it’s crucial to prevent President Obama from earning a second term, in part because the health care act and Dodd-Frank act — both of which he signed — must be repealed.

“He’s taken over the banking industry and he’s going to put half the banks out of business,” Bachmann said of Obama. “We’ve seen one industry after another now under the thumb and the control of government. That’s got to end.”

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Reader comments

“He’s taken over the banking industry and he’s going to put half the banks out of business” — can this woman discuss any issue without lying?

John Ellenbecker


Bachmann bashers can deride and insult to their hearts’ content — and it will all be for naught in November.

It will take a defeat in a Republican primary to undo Bachmann. …

Don Casey


Related compilations

Michele Bachmann’s Political Résumé

Michele Bachmann’s March of Folly (2009-2010)

Michele Bachmann Up-Close (2010-2011)

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Campaign for President (2011-2012)


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Dems McGoldrick, Graves Move to Join Nolan in 6th District Race

By Mark Sommerhauser
St. Cloud Times
March 23, 2012

ST. PAUL — Two more Democrats moved Thursday to challenge U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, adding to a suddenly crowded field interested in trying to unseat the state’s highest-profile Republican.

Stillwater-area businessman Brian McGoldrick and Minneapolis hotelier Jim Graves joined previously announced candidate Anne Nolan as hopefuls in the race. McGoldrick and Nolan, a nonpracticing attorney and workplace consultant from St. Cloud, both plan to seek the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s endorsement at the April 14 district convention in Blaine. …

McGoldrick, who lives in Washington County’s May Township, launched a series of photography-related businesses starting in his early 20s and sold them in the 1990s. He’s since worked in real estate development and also owns a marina and restaurant on White Bear Lake. He’s never run for office or been active in politics, and said he’s likely to use at least part of his own finances for his campaign.

“I can see that the most important issue for our residents right now is jobs,” McGoldrick said. He accused Bachmann of doing nothing to bring jobs to the district and also swiped at her Republican presidential bid: “I know Minnesota’s 6th District isn’t located somewhere down in Iowa.” …

Nolan said an economic message about jobs and home foreclosures would be central to her campaign as well.

“We’ve got so many people underwater in their mortgages in this district,” said Nolan, who has lost two previous state House races. “The real estate crash has hit this district terribly. It’s a great opportunity to talk about economic issues.”

Graves is chief executive of Graves Global Hospitality, a company with holdings that include the Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Graves, also a political novice, lives outside the district in south Minneapolis. He isn’t required to live in the district, but a statement announcing his campaign stressed his St. Cloud roots.

Graves was born and raised there, and serves as a trustee at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. His statement said he had “created hundreds of jobs” beginning with his roots as an entrepreneur in St. Cloud. …

Whoever ends up as the Democratic candidate faces a tough challenge with Bachmann. First elected to Congress in 2006, she’s a proven fundraiser and polarizing figure who, while incurring the wrath of Democrats and liberals, has cultivated strong devotion from many Republicans and conservatives. …

The 6th District stretches from suburbs north of the Twin Cities and reaches northwest to St. Cloud.

The district’s voters are seen above all as socially conservative. It could prove a challenge for McGoldrick, who supports abortion rights and said he thinks gay marriage should be legal. Nolan, in contrast, opposes legalized abortion but said she would first support steps to reduce it. Nolan said she opposes the amendment on Minnesota’s November ballot to outlaw gay marriage in the state constitution.

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Reader comments

No matter how you slice it, Sixth District voters will not elect a DFL candidate; moreover, after redistricting, the 6th is even more conservative now than in 2010, when Bachmann won by a landslide.

Here’s a macropolitical analysis of MN-06 political demographics, followed by an asymmetrical strategy for defeating Michele Bachmann:

Can a Democrat Beat Bachmann?

How to Beat Bachmann

Building a Non-Partisan Coalition

The truth of the matter is that Bachmann’s fate will be decided on Aug. 14, in the open primary in which Democrats are free to vote — not in the Nov. 6 general election.

That’s a cold, concrete fact.

Aubrey Immelman


The Republican Party will make sure Bachmann has no creditable challenge in a primary.

Both parties exert considerable pressure on non-endorsed candidates to stay out of primaries. It is rotten, I hate it personally, but that’s the way both play the game (in the name of “unity”). I prefer that party nominees be selected in primary elections — by a broader base of voters instead of a handful of party insiders.

Don Casey


An Invitation to Bachmann

Opinion column by John Bodette
Executive Editor
St. Cloud Times
April 1, 2012


This section of today’s column is an invitation to Rep. Michele Bachmann.

I’m making this invitation as a member of the Times Editorial Board. It is a serious statement and I mean no disrespect.

The last time Rep. Bachmann met with the board in person was 2008. We have extended invitations privately several times. No meetings have been scheduled. The result is today’s public invitation.

I’m puzzled as to why our Congress member won’t meet with us. …

When it comes to issues in Congress that affect the 6th District, who better to brief the board than the elected member of Congress who represents the district?

Respectfully, that person is you, Rep. Bachmann.

Regretfully, the board’s invitations to visit with us when you are in the St. Cloud area go unfulfilled.

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have met with the board. Between the two, both have come to talk about issues several times in meetings not focused on deciding an election endorsement. Their predecessors and yours did so, too.

We aren’t asking for special treatment. Recently, you had at least two local visits to meet with citizens in St. Cloud. Again, how about 30 minutes or an hour with the Editorial Board next time you are in the St. Cloud area?

A civil conversation with an update from you on the status of legislation affecting the people of your district would be a good thing.

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11/16/2014 Update

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a champion of the tea party movement. (Photo credit: Jason Wachter / St. Cloud Times)

It’s Been an Honor to Serve 6th District

“Your Turn” opinion by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, 6th District, Minnesota
St. Cloud Times
November 16, 2014

At 12 years old, sitting in the back of my mother’s car as we drove north on Interstate 35 to our new home in Anoka, I could have never imagined what the future held.

Forty-six years later, I leave Congress and the incredible privilege of serving the wonderful people of the 6th District — the same place where I went to high school, started a small business and raised our family of five biological children and 23 foster children.

My first priority upon taking office was to provide the very best constituent services possible. We protected Social Security, Medicare and veterans benefits. We helped with immigration and adoption cases. We would even call U.S. Embassies at 4 a.m. on a Sunday to help with passport problems. In total, we completed more than 3,000 individual constituent cases.

While these untold stories didn’t dominate the headlines, they have been my favorite aspect of being your congresswoman.

I always sought your feedback from town halls, phone calls, letters, emails, and over coffee from Keys Cafe in Forest Lake to Copper Lantern in St. Cloud, plus many places in between. I listened to your concerns and gave them a voice.

After the auto bailout, Fury Dodge, a staple of our community in Lake Elmo, was put on the chopping block by Washington bureaucrats. I was proud to lead a rally as the community came together to keep the dealership open. Today, cars still roll off the Fury lot, and a family-owned business remains intact.

Nothing is more important to the continued growth and prosperity of Minnesota than transportation. Entering Congress, my top priorities were building the Stillwater bridge, adding lanes on either side of Interstate 94, increasing safety and mobility of U.S. Highway 10, and returning commercial air service to St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Working together with federal, state and local officials, we made tremendous progress on each.

After decades of delay, I helped bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass the St. Croix River Crossing legislation in 2012. Last year, this vital project began construction and is on time and under budget.

This summer, after years of work, we broke ground to expand Interstate 94 at the most congested portion of the corridor. The improvements to Highway 10 continue with the help of a federal grant to improve safety at the Highway 10/Armstrong Boulevard intersection.

In May, I was honored to be on the inaugural flight from Chicago to St. Cloud, a long-awaited goal for the community that took years of teamwork. This was the third connection after commercial air service returned to St. Cloud in 2012. I also helped keep the air traffic control towers open after the federal government threatened to shut them down last summer.

On the national stage, I never stopped fighting for Minnesota values — don’t spend more than you take in, reward hard work and innovation, and get government out of the way.

That’s why I voted against the costly Wall Street bailout, the automobile bailout, and the trillion dollar stimulus — all paid for with borrowed money leaving our children and grandchildren with a stack of unpaid bills.

I also led the charge against Obamacare’s government takeover of one-sixth of our economy, which has resulted in canceled plans, premium rate increases and the devastating medical device tax.

Instead, I advocated solutions so costs really would be lowered and more people would have access to the care they need and deserve. Last year, the House passed my bill to repeal Obamacare so we can begin anew with free market, patient-centered health care reforms.

As a member of the Financial Services Committee, I co-authored bipartisan credit card consumer protection legislation that was signed by President Bush in 2008.

As a foster mom, I was proud to help establish the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. Along with my co-chairs, we championed the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, which granted social workers greater access to foster children’s educational records. It was signed by President Obama last year.

I also was privileged to co-chair the Congressional Caucus on Adoption and recently took a child welfare trip to Haiti.

As a member of the Intelligence Committee, I traveled to more than 30 countries and met with world leaders and ambassadors on the pressing issues of terrorism, national security and foreign policy.

But no one left the indelible mark on me as much as our brave men and women in the armed services. I helped bring additional health care options for veterans through the Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Ramsey and enjoyed visiting our veterans at the St. Cloud VA.

Visiting with Minnesotans on the front lines during multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan remains a highlight of my tenure in Congress and it deepened my belief of our sacred obligation to our veterans. The promise of the American Dream comes at a cost, and we must never forget the sacrifices of those who put their lives on the line.

In my time in Congress I have fought to preserve this great nation and to tirelessly advocate for the dignified people who entrusted me to act as their representative in Washington. The district didn’t send me to Washington to be a defender of special interests but as a fighter for the people.

I may be leaving Congress, but I will continue the fight to leave a better future for our children and grandchildren.

Thank you for this opportunity to serve you. It has been the honor of a lifetime.

This is the opinion of 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was elected to Congress in 2006 and ends her service this year.



How long does it take to drive 80 miles at 80 mph? . . . 58 minutes

Why Bachmann Wins

By Bill Prendergast
December 27, 2009

I set out these four reasons on February 20th of 2009, in a Kos diary entitled “Over at Dump Michele Bachmann.” But that wasn’t the first time I listed the reasons; I’d been posting them in response to inquiries ever since Bachmann was first elected to Congress in 2006. All of the following conditions still obtain on the ground here in the Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota.

1.  The Sixth District of Minnesota was gerrymandered to be a very conservative district. Since it was redistricted about ten years ago, the congressional seat has always been won by a Republican — regardless of the local and national economy, regardless of Michele’s opponent. (She beat liberal Patty Wetterling to win her first term in Congress; and she beat Blue Dog Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg to win her second term.)

2.  There is a white-hot core of angry, paranoid, conservative potato heads living in this district. It’s the most conservative district in this liberal state, and those guys are proud of it. Michele is the darling of the local Rush Limbaugh knockoffs. If Olbermann or Sanchez do a piece on national TV that shows her in the actual act of lying — they vote for her harder.

3.  She’s an evangelical darling; that’s how she got started and took away the nomination from a more “secular” conservative Republican to win her first elective office. She doesn’t talk much these days about “how gay marriage means the end of Western civilization” and “how wacky the theory of evolution is” — but the conservative evangelicals up here know that’s where she came from and what she stands for — so they’re in her pocket, every election. (She’s also got the national evangelical political movement on her side; the Council for National Policy, the Dobsons of this world.)

4.  Our local press. We send stuff to the press, letter, calls for corrections, documented evidence of her craziest statements and lies — the professional press and the big papers don’t run it. We’ve been putting it on the Web (at the Dump Bachmann blog and at for years; they won’t go near it. Not one journalist in a big local newspaper is willing to report the crazy [expletive deleted] that she’s said over the years on local conservative and evangelical radio. (The local “alternative” newsweekly in Minneapolis/St. Paul — the City Pages — is doing stuff on her now, but the older folks don’t read that. I’m not sure the younger folks are reading it much, either, except for the movie and record reviews.)

5.  About ten per cent of the voters in Bachmann’s Sixth District can be identified as more-or-less “libertarian” independents — Ross Perot/Jesse Ventura types. They say they hate the Republicans as well as the Democrats, but it’s a certainty that these voters hate Democrats more. They are opposed to “special interests” and big government. (But yes, I’m sure that those of them that qualify take their federal farm and ag subsidies, just like the Bachmann family.) This bloc of voters is so independent that it doesnt even respect the endorsement of Minnesota’s Independence Party (which endorsed Bachmann’s Dem opponent [in 2008] last time around). Their presence acts to limit the effectiveness of any Dem challenger.

So there’s five reasons “why this kook and liar can get elected.” But why the uptick in Bachmann’s numbers?

Well, in the past two years there have been at least three new developments.

6.  Her national fame. Never in their lifetimes have the conservative Minnesotans who live in her district seen their congressional representative get this much attention. The district is a backwater, unimportant in national politics — but Bachmann’s successful attempt to build a national base has put them on the map. Bachmann is a nut, bigot, and liar — but if conservative rhetoric is all you care about, she’s a phenomenally successful one: and that makes local conservatives somehow “feel successful.”

It does not bother local conservatives in the least that Bachmann has delivered no significant legislation or reforms at any time during her nine-year career in office. It does not bother them that the district has suffered economically during her entire tenure of office; that she has delivered practically nothing for the district in the way of returning their federal taxes to it. It does not bother them that the Sixth District continues to lead Minnesota in home foreclosures.

What matters to the Republican conservatives and independent conservatives of this district is that “one of them” finally has a spot on the national stage.

7.  Over the last year or so, Bachmann has “reached out” with photo-ops about issues like “women’s health care” and such. A la Ronald Reagan, she creates the media event to show “she’s listening, she’s aware” — and this apparently pays off, even though she’s the enemy of any real effort to fund improvements in women’s health care (or anyone’s health care).

8.  Over the last year or so, Bachmann has made a sustained attempt to “crack” the local Ron Paul vote. She regularly attended Paul’s “seminars” in D.C. and was talking him up whenever she got the chance. That (I think) has helped her numbers back here in Minnesota. As you might suspect from reading the above, Paul has a significant number of acolytes here in the district. (This year they staged a sort of “coup” in the local Republican Party and captured some of the important posts in the local GOP.) The reach-out to Paul voters was a canny way to cut into that “independent vote” that was keeping Bachmann’s previous numbers to just under 50%.

So, no, its not the jibes from the “lefties” that are improving her numbers. It’s voting demographics here on the ground, the national notoriety, cowardly local corporate media. And the Bachmann campaign’s effective courting of Ron Paul’s John Birch-type “yes, it really is a conspiracy” libertarians here in the district.

That what’s paying off for her, here in her district.



Swiss Miss: Michele Bachmann’s Foreign Citizenship (May 10, 2012)

What Embarrassed a Bachmann Constituent (May 18, 2012)

Bachmann Misleads Campaign Donors on Redistricting (May 31, 2012)

Bachmann Lies to Campaign Donors about Redistricting (June 15, 2012)

ObamaCare: Michele Bachmann’s SCOTUS Bust (June 28, 2012)

“I am going to be present in the courtroom when SCOTUS announces their ruling on Obamacare.” (Michele Bachmann via Twitter, June 28, 2012)

Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy (July 18, 2012)

Michele Bachmann’s Record of Reckless Conspiracy Theories (July 24, 2012)

Catholic Bishops, Lutheran Church Condemn Bachmann (July 27, 2012)

Video courtesy of Jim Graves for Congress

Michele Bachmann’s Obama Birthday Bash (Aug. 4, 2012)

Minnesota 6th Congressional District Polling and Analysis (Aug. 9 2012)

Michele Bachmann and Jim Graves (Photo credit: Getty Images/Facebook via WJON)

Bachmann Now Sees al-Qaida Influence in U.S. Government (Aug. 11, 2012)

10 Reasons Republicans Should Repudiate Michele Bachmann (Aug. 13, 2012)

Bachmann Scores Worst Incumbent Primary Win in 50 Years (Aug. 14, 2012)

Michele Bachmann . . . . . Aubrey Immelman . . . . Stephen Thompson

Bachmann Will Not Seek Reelection to Congress in 2014 (May 29, 2013)


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