The Independence Party has endorsed Bob Anderson in the contentious 6th District congressional election.
Anderson is a dental technician from Woodbury who’s never held political office, says the St. Cloud Times. But he ran in the same race two years ago with no endorsements and got 10 percent of the vote. In what might be a tough re-election bid for incumbent Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a third candidate getting double digits could make a difference.
State Sen. Tarryl Clark won the DFL nomination in the race over physician Maureen Reed, but Reed plans to run in the August primary.
The Independence Party leaders liked Anderson’s showing in 2008, the paper said:
An Independence Party spokesman said it was Anderson’s 2008 showing that won him the endorsement over Immelman, a Sartell college professor who filed for the endorsement last week.
“What Bob was able to sell was that he had learned a lot from his experience last time,” said Caleb Davies, Independence Party chair for the 6th District.
And, presumably, they like his voter-friendly last name. It’s happened before: In 1994, Sharon Anderson, an eccentric non-attorney who runs regularly for public office and is charitably known as a gadfly, won the Republican primary for state attorney general. Most voters outside St. Paul apparently didn’t know anything about her except her name.