Tom Emmer Sets His Sights On Michelle Bachmann’s Vacant Seat

With Michelle Bachman announcing her decision to not run for reelection Minnesota Republicans have begun lining up to claim her Sixth District seat, and Tom Emmer is the first to announce his bid, the Star Tribune reports.

EmmerThe 2010 failed gubernatorial candidate said that he has "never felt more compelled in my life to serve,” and cites the IRS scandals and out-of-control spending as reasons to run, asking "Is this the legacy we want to leave to our children?” 

During his run for governor in 2010 Tom Emmer's anti-gay views were brought into focus. He donated money to You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministries, whose band Junkyard Prophets supports executing homosexuals; he authored a consitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and fought against gay couples being given any rights; and fought against gay and lesbian couples being able to use a surrogate to concieve children. In the middle of all of this, Target and Best Buy suffered boycotts and backlash for donating to Emmer's conservative MN Forward PAC.

Presently, no Democrats have announced that they will run against him, but elections are still 18 months away which is plenty of time for a contender to emerge.


  1. Adam says

    Has anyone noticed that Andy has been relatively low-key on his criticism of the Obama administration regarding its spying on its own citizens?

  2. MajorTom says

    This guy’s views SHOULD mean he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected. On the other hand, he is running in the state that elected Batsh*t Crazy Bachmann.

  3. Matt Ford says

    I still have not darkened the door at a Target in what….three years? As long as their crazy CEO and current board of directors are in place, they won’t see any of my dollars. It was a great place to “stock-up” for years…found Costco and will never go back. Sold all my stock in Target at the time. My money probably does not make one iota of a difference but I FEEL good! Trust me, Target may not donate to this guy directly (ot it will be hidden) but all the executives will.

    I feel the same about Exxon/Mobile, Marriott, Walmart, Trump…I just avoid them. Never was a Best Buy person. It’s hard to always shop with a conscience but I try. The older I get, the better I become!

  4. jamal49 says

    What IRS scandals? Oh, the one FOX news has been hyping ad nauseum but which really doesn’t exist.

    What out-of-control spending? Federal spending has dropped to levels not seen since the 1950s.

    I don’t know. Maybe conservatives really do live in an alternate universe.

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