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Phil Krinkie joins 6th District race

Phil Krinkie
Phil Krinkie

Phil Krinkie, the president of the conservative Taxpayers League of Minnesota, jumped into the race to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th District over the weekend. 

Krinkie has indicated his interest in running for the seat since Bachmann announced her retirement. The businessman and former state representative kicked off his campaign at the Sherburne County Fair in Elk River on Saturday. 

The Pioneer Press caught up with him

Krinkie, of Shoreview, owns St. Paul-based Snelling Co., a heating and air-conditioning business. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. He served in the Legislature for 16 years, including roles on the Taxes, Government Finance and Capital Investment committees. During his tenure, he developed a reputation for steadfast opposition to expensive projects and government spending.

“Certainly, our country is headed down the wrong path, fiscally,” Krinkie said Saturday. “Just this week, the city of Detroit became the biggest city to file for bankruptcy. That’s the canary in the coal mine, and now the canary’s dead. I don’t have any obvious, easy solutions, but I have a passion for serving our state and our country. The easy thing to do would have been to continue running my business … and stay with the Taxpayers League. It was a difficult decision, since it is a commitment of time and resources, but I really want to hear what the people of the 6th Congressional District want to see from their representative.”

Krinkie has sought this seat before, losing the GOP endorsement to Bachmann back in 2006. He joins an already-crowded field of Republicans looking to replace her, including former gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and state Sen. John Pederson.  

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 07/22/2013 - 10:20 am.

    Doesn’t live in the district

    He would carry on Michele Bachmann’s tradition of not living in the district.

  2. Submitted by jody rooney on 07/22/2013 - 10:49 am.

    Oh Phil what are you thinking

    You have a nice business a nice family leave this craziness behind.

  3. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/22/2013 - 12:34 pm.

    The PiPress “caught up with him”

    I’ll bet that was a challenge. No one is harder to run to earth than someone who has just announced his candidacy for Congress, especially when that candidate is a relentless media-hog like Phil Krinkie.

  4. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 07/22/2013 - 12:55 pm.


    Fits in that sad bunch

  5. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/22/2013 - 01:01 pm.

    I’m waiting for the Twins to call me…..

    He sez he really has a passion for the country, but has no answers or solutions to its problems. I really have a passion for baseball, but I can’t catch run, throw or hit.

  6. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/22/2013 - 01:50 pm.

    It’s a done deal

    Emmer’s the man in the 6th District. Krinkie should run for governor instead.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/22/2013 - 02:53 pm.

      Governor Krinkie

      You’re joking, right? Phil Krinkie’s legislative career consisted of saying “no” to anything to do with taxes, spending , or Halal meats (look it up). He is not remembered for any other initiative or actions that he took.

      A Governor needs a vision (and no, “I betcha I can be PRESIDENT!” is not a vision). Reflexive negation is not a vision, it’s a slogan.

  7. Submitted by Steve Hoffman on 07/22/2013 - 02:17 pm.

    Expensive projects?

    So, if he’s such a fiscal conservative, can we get his take on the $58 million that the GOP has spent so far on purely symbolic votes to repeal Obamacare? No, really, I’d like to hear what he has to say about that expenditure.

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