MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

As you know, in the wake of Michele Bachmann's disgusting display on Hardball on Friday, Bachmann's Democratic challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg raised more than $488k in 24 hours, which is more than he raised in the entire third quarter and certainly more than enough to make Michele Bachmann regret she ever went on Hardball.

Now, Bachmann has yet another headache: her Republican primary opponent has registered as a write-in candidate (h/t Minnesota Independent.)

Aubrey Immelman, who mounted an unsuccessful Republican primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, said today he will file to run as a write-in candidate for the 6th Congressional District in the Nov. 4 election.

As for his reason for doing so:

He said he intends to offer himself as an "alternative for disillusioned Republicans" who cannot bring themselves to vote for DFL- and Independence Party-endorsed candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg or for Bob Anderson, the titular Independence Party candidate.

"The Republican Party needs to rebuild its image, and this cannot be done when its elected representatives say these kinds of things," he said.

Immelman elaborated in a scathing post on his website:

Thank you for your support in helping me lead the charge in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District against the destructive neocon ideology that has mired the United States in an unnecessary war in Iraq at a cost of thousands of American lives, hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars, and untold damage to the international stature of the United States of America (see Statement on Iraq War).

And, as if incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann's enthusiastic support for these policies is not damaging enough, she now appears to be calling for a witch hunt to "find out [which members of Congress] are pro-America or anti-America." We cannot tolerate this festering brand of neo-McCarthyism in our midst.

Prior to Bachmann's fateful Hardball appearance, she was only up 4 points over Tinklenberg. Things just got a little harder for Bachmann to hold onto this seat in what has now become a nationalized congressional election.

Update [2008-10-20 0:7:11 by Todd Beeton]:The updated amount that Tinklenberg has raised since Friday is $640,000.

Tags: Aubrey Immelman, El Tinklenberg, michelle bachman, MN-06 (all tags)

Comments

19 Comments

It would be so fantastic

It would be so fantastic to have Obama, Franken and Tinklenberg win.

A complete defeat for the right-wing hatred and ignorance that has dominated American politics ever since the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

by James Earl 2008-10-19 03:15PM | 0 recs
Re: It would be so fantastic

Don't forget Ashwyn, and (d0g willing) Steve.

by lojasmo 2008-10-19 05:43PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

The insurgent GOP write-in hit the nail on the head, re Bachmann's comments. take it from an ex-Republican, the party is long overdue for an imagfe makeover since the hatefulness that had hidden behind a maks since Ronnie Hollywood came along is starting to come off.

by spirowasright 2008-10-19 03:37PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

Well, I'm not an ex-Republican, but rather an independent for life, and I agree 100%.  My goal is non-partisan - to raise the political discourse in this country that the Rovepublicans have disintegrated into hate politics and stupid non-issues like gay marriage and stem cell research.  That is why it is so important this year to eviscerate the government of as many of the hatemongers and their enablers in the GOP as possible.  It is only when this version of the GOP is reduced to ashes will another one rise in it's place that is interested in meaningful debate on real issues rather than campaigning on a huge game of Six Degrees Of Separation.

by NJIndependent 2008-10-19 04:44PM | 0 recs
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I'm glad you agree and I hope that's what comes out of it.
This is something I've wanted to say to what is unfortunately the predominant wing of my former pary for 30 years-
If you can't share a politicsl party with people you don't aggree with 100% of the time, if you can't tolerate people you don't agree with...THEN GET OUT OF MAINSATREAM PARTISAN POLITICS.
by spirowasright 2008-10-19 06:25PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

The insurgent GOP write-in hit the nail on the head, re Bachmann's comments. Take it from an ex-Republican, the party is long overdue for an image makeover since the hatefulness that has hidden behind a mask since Ronnie Hollywood came along is starting to come off.

by spirowasright 2008-10-19 03:46PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

I saw her interview. She had that same look in her eye as Palin. The Crazed wingnut stare! These assholes have run this country into the ground but it's never enough for them is it? You gotta laugh though @ how out of touch this crazy bitch is. I can just see the Congress holding a witch hunt for her. If it does she'll be one of the 1st witches they'll find.

by Blutodog 2008-10-19 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

Bachman is an utter disgrace.  I don't think she has any conception of what being an American is.  Our founding fathers would not recognize her lunacy as anything to do with their Lockean worldview.  I could not wait to donate $ to Tinkleberg's campaign.  (Other than Obama, this is my only campaign contribution this cycle.)  I truly hope that Bachmann is defeated and loses her truly undeserved forum on cable TV.

by scottpeartree 2008-10-19 04:07PM | 0 recs
How did Bachmann ever get elected

in the first place?  Is the Minnesota Congressional district really that conservative?

by Blazers Edge 2008-10-19 04:14PM | 0 recs
Re: How did Bachmann ever get elected

Yes when you get out side of the twin cities there are parts of Minnesota that are realy very conservative and are Rush, Hannity, Coulter nuts.

The sad thing is many of these voters beleive much of what she says.  And if she loses my guess is she still gets something in the low 40's.

david

by giusd 2008-10-19 05:00PM | 0 recs
So much for Joe the plumber

"what has now become a nationalized congressional election."

This is SO TRUE.  The short press conference with Powell after the MTP interview in which he pointed to Bachmann's comments as part of his reason for coming out for Obama along with the robbo calls that even NORM Coleman has repudiated is going to SINK Michele.  

by nzubechukwu 2008-10-19 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

As Senator Palpatine said to Anakin Skywalker, "We shall watch your career with great interest."

by Shaun Appleby 2008-10-19 04:17PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

Sorry, but I think you are commenting on the wrong site, how embarrassing for you.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-10-19 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

TROLL.

by nzubechukwu 2008-10-19 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

What kindof people would vote her in in the first place?  They fully understood what she was about, having seen her in the state legislature before her bid for Congress.  For all we know, this will make her even more popular among the crazy right wingers who voted her in in the first place.  As for Powell, I doubt that this had anything to do with his endorsement.  Surely, he didn't just decide to endorse Obama 2 nights ago. But Kudos to him for bring it to the eyes of the public, many of  whom usually don't notice or care about this stuff.

by Scotch 2008-10-19 04:39PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

"Thank you for your support in helping me lead the charge in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District against the destructive neocon ideology that has mired the United States in an unnecessary war in Iraq at a cost of thousands of American lives, hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars, and untold damage to the international stature of the United States of America"

Man thats a Republican I would vote for!

by beve83 2008-10-19 05:27PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

May I be the first to say, "Piss up a rope, PUMA"

by lojasmo 2008-10-19 05:40PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

Although desmoinesdem may be right that a dollar can be marginally better placed vis a vis an election agenda than atop all the money that has flooded Tinklenberg's campaign, a buck or two to Tinklenberg serves more than an election agenda.  It marks opposition to McCarthyism/Bachmannism (foreverafter "Bachmannism") for all to see.

by Prairie 2008-10-19 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann

This is the same wingnut congresswoman who in 2006 stirred controversy by belonging to a church who claimed that the pope is the anti-Christ.

I'm still amazed that she got elected in the first place.

by NMMatt 2008-10-20 11:58AM | 0 recs

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