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Tom Emmer ‘open’ to running in 6th District if Bachmann doesn’t

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s entry into the presidential sweepstakes — and the suspension of her congressional re-election campaign while she’s still in the running in that heady race — means some interesting maneuvering could be brewing behind

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s entry into the presidential sweepstakes — and the suspension of her congressional re-election campaign while she’s still in the running in that heady race — means some interesting maneuvering could be brewing behind the scenes in the Republican camp.

Latest rumblings come from Tom Emmer, the recent Republican candidate for governor, who was quoted in the Roll Call publication saying that he believes Bachmann “is going to be our Congresswoman until further notice.”

But, the story says:

…he left open the possibility he would run if Bachmann did not. “I’d be more than open to talk about it, but it’s way down the road and you got redistricting that’s an issue,” he said.

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And the always quotable Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton probably captured it best, when he said it’s too early to consider the 6th an open seat:

“I respect the fact that Congresswoman Bachmann is running for president, but I think it would be premature until we see how the presidential campaign goes,” he said Tuesday in an interview. “She may, depending on how things go, decide she wants to run for Congress if things don’t go as she plans.”

But if it does open up, Sutton said a lot of well-known Republicans live there; in addition to Emmer, he mentioned state Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, Senate President Michelle Fischbach and Anoka County Board Chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah.