One DFLer has declared her candidacy for the nomination to run against Michelle Bachmann in the newly redrawn 6th District. Bachmann greeted the news by putting out a request for “emergency contributions” to help her fend off a challenge from Occupy Wall Street-ism with its “lazy handout culture” that would “fundamentally transform the America we know and love into [a] socialist haven.”
For your dining and dancing pleasure, I’ll append the text of the urgent fund-raising email at the bottom of this post, after just a brief scene-setter:
The redistricting map was a bit of a good news-bad news joke for Bachmann, but the good was better than the bad news was bad. The bad news was that her Stillwater home was redistricted into a DFL dominated district, dominated by St. Paul and its immediate suburbs, represented by Democrat Betty McCollum. McCollum will seek and be favored to win re-election. But the good news for Bachmann is that the new Sixth District, which contains most of Bachmann’s current constituents, is a considerably more Repub-friendly district – so much so that Bachmann is expected to easily win re-election in November and doesn’t even have to move into the district to do so. (Turns out, there is no legal requirement for a congressman or woman to live in the district they represent.)
In her three previous congressional races, Bachmann had faced DFLers who were believed to have some chance of beating her, although none of them did. The new district makes Bachmann safer.
The one DFLer who has so far indicated she will run is Ann Nolan of St. Cloud, an attorney who has twice run unsuccessfully for the Legislature. You never know, but her entry is unlikely to put Bachmann onto the national race-watchers list of endangered incumbents.
In her introductory interview with the St. Cloud Times, Nolan said she has been inspired by Occupy Wall Street and sees the campaign as a “real opportunity for a candidate to raise the economic issues that the Occupy movement is talking about.” This is not a line that a professional messaging specialist would have recommended for use in that particular district. But it’s a free country.
And it was also a free shot for Bachmann, whose fund-raising email went thus:
Dear [Bachmann Supporter],
Just hours ago, press reports broke the news that a self-identified Occupy
Wall Street supporter and ‘community activist’ will challenge me for
reelection to Congress. Announcing her candidacy, my opponent claimed she
was inspired to challenge me by Occupy Wall Street. Do you really need to
know any more?
For the past six years, I’ve represented Minnesota’s sixth district,
fighting for the principles and values that you and I both share:
individual liberty, personal responsibility, and a government that spends
less than it takes in. By touting the values of Occupy Wall Street, my
opponent clearly favors the opposite: a lazy handout culture where big
government is king. This is the America that the left seeks to impose on
the American people, but it is a fate that I refuse to accept.
That’s why I’m asking for your immediate assistance in making an emergency
contribution to help me defend against my Occupy Wall Street opponent of
$25, $50, $100, or any amount up to the legal limit
The threat that Occupy Wall Street poses to our conservative values this
November cannot be overstated. With President Obama as their cheerleader,
the left will spend millions between now and November to re-elect him and
replace conservatives like me with Occupy-branded liberals who will cheer
at every big-government Obama initiative. For them, this is their last
chance to fundamentally transform the America we know and love into their
own socialist haven, and I know you won’t stand for it.
In the months ahead, my campaign to represent our values in the United
States Congress will not be easy. In addition to the attacks from Occupy
Wall Street, just weeks ago, a Minnesota court arbitrarily drew my home out
of the district where I have raised my family and represented in Congress
for the past six years.
This means I will now have the challenge of communicating with tens of
thousands of new voters — even as Democrats like my opponent lie and
mischaracterize my record — and I’m depending on you to provide the
resources necessary to make that happen.
Will you make an emergency contribution to my campaign today and ensure
that your voice for our conservative values continues on in the United
While my opponent embraces her Occupy Wall Street roots, I’m proud to be
running on my conservative record. Our country can’t afford the dangerous
policies advocated by Occupy liberals and, with you by my side, we’ll
ensure that they don’t get anywhere near Washington, DC.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers. It truly means the world
PS. The end of the financial quarter is fast approaching and, with an
Occupy Wall Street member now running against me, the media will use the
numbers that we report as an indicator of our strength as a campaign. Will
you please make an immediate emergency contribution of $25, $50, $100, or
any amount up to the legal limit ($2,500) to show our campaign has the
momentum to win?