The St. Cloud Times has endorsed Tarryl Clark in her bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th District, saying Bachmann has “refined an age-old political recipe: mix equal parts of fear and blame that raise your personal profile yet yield only sound bites, not solutions.”
Coming from the largest newspaper based in the district, that might seem like a potent support of Clark, a DFL state senator seeking to beat the two-term Republican incumbent.
But two years ago, the St. Cloud paper endorsed DFL challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg, who went on to lose by about 3 points.
And in 2006, the paper endorsed Patty Wetterling, but Bachmann easily beat her and the Independence Party’s John Binkowski to win her first term in Congress.
But that isn’t stopping the paper from trying. It’s Sunday editorial endorsement concludes:
“…Look districtwide and we challenge you to find something — anything — that Bachmann has helped achieve or a cause she has helped advance. Much like her legislative ideas, we see nothing of substance.
“In fact, these past four years renew our appreciation for House representation that provided this area with voices like Collin Peterson and Mark Kennedy. Sure, they have their partisan allegiances, but they realized when it was time to set those aside and do what was best for the district, not themselves.
“Residents of the 6th District deserve a return to that philosophy. Clark is the person to provide it because in four years, Bachmann has proved she is incapable of such efforts.”