DFLer Tarryl Clark got some post-election national attention this week, despite her double-digit loss in November to Republican incumbent Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
In The Hill’s campaign blog, Sean Miller takes note of a recent Clark email in support of Congressman Keith Ellison, reading between the lines that Clark may be planning a rematch:
“As we regroup and recommit ourselves to organizing for victories in 2012, I would like to take a moment to ask you to join me in thanking my friend — and one of our campaign’s greatest supporters — Congressman Keith Ellison,” Clark wrote. “Keith has been a progressive voice not just for Minnesota families but for the millions across the country — and the globe — who are without a voice in Washington.”
Locally, the “regroup and recommit” comment seems to have been taken as referring to Democrats in general, who are reeling from the massive Republican wave that created GOP majorities in the U.S. House and the Minnesota Legislature.
But Miller says it shows “signs of preparing for another challenge” and calling it a “team-player move … [that] might be aimed at shoring up her party support ahead of 2012.”
But he warns about the need for a fundraising miracle if she makes another try: Bachmann has nearly $2 million in the bank after raising $13.2 million in the 2010 cycle.