Tarryl Clark, the latest DFLer to fall before the Rep. Michele Bachmann blitz in Minnesota’s 6th District, is criticizing Bachmann for already ramping up her fundraising machine for the next election — in 2012.
In an email to supporters, Clark says Bachmann will face a tougher political climate in 2012, and says some seem to think Bachmann might run for U.S. Senate or even president. (Both of which seem good reasons to raise more cash, it seems.)
For herself, Clark — who is now leaving the state Legislature — said that instead of campaign funds, she’s amassing “quality time with friends and family because the holidays are about coming together, not fear and divisiveness.”
Clark’s full email:
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is already worried about 2012.
Yesterday — just six weeks after Election Day — Bachmann emailed her supporters asking for campaign contributions, saying that she might have to face us again two years from now, and that we’re already “amassing an even larger war chest” than we did in 2010.
She’s right to worry: in 2010 she spent more than $11 million — including over $2.5 million in the last two weeks of the election alone — and still won with one of the narrowest margins of victory of any Republican incumbent.
In 2012, she will be facing a much different political landscape, and will have to explain to voters what exactly she and the Republican-controlled Congress did to improve the economy, help people find a job or stay in their homes, and care for our seniors, veterans and children.
The more immediate question those of us in Minnesota’s 6th District have, however, is whether Michele Bachmann will even be a candidate for Congress in 2012. Many have speculated that she may run for Senate, or even President — and Bachmann herself hasn’t ruled it out. It certainly makes sense for someone who has $2 million in the bank and is still raising money at a furious pace.
As for me, the only thing I’m ‘amassing’ right now is quality time with friends and family because the holidays are about coming together, not fear and divisiveness. This is a time for giving back, and I hope you’ll join Doug and I by contributing to the Salvation Army, or a charity of your choosing, and helping those in need this holiday season.