Melisa Franzen, Target attorney, challenging Geoff Michel for Edina Senate seat

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Franzen plans to challenge longtime GOP incumbent Geoff Michel.
Target attorney Melisa Franzen is seeking the DFL endorsement to challenge former GOP Senate Deputy Majority Leader Geoff Michel for his Edina Senate seat.

Michel was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and rose all the way to Deputy Majority Leader until the sex-scandaled leadership of Amy Koch. But in the wake of Koch's resignation amid rumors of an affair with former staffer Michael Brodkorb, it came to light that Michel had lied about the timeline of events surrounding Koch's resignation.

The Edina district historically swings between DFL and GOP, but Michel beat his DFL challenger by more than 10 percentage points in 2010. We'll see what impact the Koch scandal and the MNGOP's recent struggles have on Michel's reelection prospects come November.

In a press release, Franzen said:
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Michel was the Senate GOP's second-in-command, but lost that position when Amy Koch resigned.
Our state is paralyzed by partisan politics. I plan to reintroduce the idea of compromise to advance the collective well-being of our district and State. By working together, we can streamline our State's policies to find common ground on taxes and regulations to create a stronger business community in Minnesota.
The release goes on to note that Franzen is particularly concerned about the complexity of Minnesota's tax and regulatory environment, cuts to education, and the rising number of Minnesotans without health insurance.

Franzen has lived in Edina with her husband Nathan for more than five years. A graduate of Hamline University School of Law, she also has a master's in public policy from the University of Minnesota. She currently works as an employee and labor relations attorney for Target.


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Michael
Michael

She looks like a girl who gives great head and loves taking it in the ass.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

 "Our state is paralyzed by partisan politics."

Do these idiots think we don't remember the last 10 years?Is this woman really that clueless?Do you remember when the Democrats turned the Paul Wellstone Memorial into a bash republican fest?  How about when Hillary Clinton screamed "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration?I mean damn, you cant get much more partisan than that!

Think people think!

Gunther
Gunther

Expect to see Melisa Franzen challenged on her position at Target. Party activists will have questions about her role as a labor relations attorney considering Target's recent rocky relationships with labor, as well as Target's infamous political contribution in 2010 that resulted in serious blowback from the GLBT community.

Scott Drummond
Scott Drummond

I was just thinking the same thing about him (gives great head and loves taking it up the ass).  I guess great minds think alike, huh?

green23
green23

 Remember when it was considered 'treason' to criticize a sitting President? You can't get much more partisan than that!

Kirk: "Do these idiots think we don't remember the last 10 years?"

It seems pretty clear that conservatives can't remember a single detail from the Bush Administrations' two terms.

Not Gunther
Not Gunther

Thbbt.  She's "hispanic".  There will be no such questions.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Target gives $25,000+ to the GLBT community every year in sponsorship of the Minneapolis "pride fest".Are you saying the GLBT is that biased of a group that they cannot see the hypocrisy in their biased and hateful demands?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"considered 'treason' to criticize a sitting President"By who?I'm talking about todays media and their manipulation of the mushy minds of the public.You hear it again and again in our local networks TV stations and news papers.Yes some kook fringe Republicans did take that stance, but the media NEVER did.Well at least no one from ABC NBC CBS CNN MSNBC, etc ever did.  These outlets hosted round tables claiming it was OK and proper to disagree with the siting president (bush).

See we elephants always remember, and I'm sorry I didn't put it in layman's terms so YOU could understand my point...

This woman's stance IS what is wrong with many politicians.  She took a piece of disingenuous spin from the media and is using it to further manipulate the uneducated and forgetful.  Besides she is a lawyer which is clearly a misspelling of liar.  That is what they do best, lie."Our state is paralyzed by partisan politics"...     Bitch, where have you been?

green23
green23

 Kirk: ""considered 'treason' to criticize a sitting President"By who?"

Wow, you really don't remember the 2004 Republican Convention, do you? 

Kirk: "I'm talking about todays media and their manipulation of the mushy minds of the public."

Paul Wellstone's death involves "today's media"? He died in 2002. Yet 2004 is ancient history to you?

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