Independence Party endorses Anderson for second try in 6th District congressional race

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.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jeremy Powers on 04/20/2010 - 12:51 pm.

    There goes the neighborhood. Despite spending no money, having no issues and having nothing in his life experiences worth talking about, he will once again be a spoiler in the Sixth Congressional District. He has ZERO chance of winning. I don’t think that if Michele Bachmann and Tarryl Clark were both killed on the day after the primary, Anderson could win this seat. How would you like to go down in minor state history for causing grief and anguish just so you can pretend to be a candidate?

  2. Submitted by dan buechler on 04/20/2010 - 01:27 pm.

    Someone probably put him up to it. What would deeper number probing reveal?

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