MN-06: More Fallout For Michele Bachmann
by Todd Beeton, Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 02:57:12 PM EDT
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.
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.