Anne Nolan, attorney and MBA, first DFLer to announce run against Michele Bachmann

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Nolan is an economically progressive, pro-life Democrat.
​It's official -- Michele Bachmann will not run unopposed in her bid to be reelected as Minnesota's U.S. House representative from the 6th congressional district.

Yesterday, Anne Nolan, an attorney and MBA who works for a workplace consulting and training business, announced she'll be seeking the DFL endorsement to run in the 6th.

Nolan, who has mounted two failed campaigns for the Minnesota House since 2004, said her run against Bachmann is inspired by the Occupy movement.

She told the St. Cloud Times: "I feel this is a real opportunity for a candidate to raise the economic issues that the Occupy movement is talking about."

Nolan is economically progressive -- a news release announcing her candidacy says she supports "a sales tax on Wall Street speculative financial transactions," prosecuting banks that committed mortgage fraud, and halting certain foreclosures. Her website lists eliminating special tax breaks for high-bracket earners as one of her top priorities.

But while she's economically progressive, she describes herself as a "pro-life, social justice Democrat," with ethical principles rooted in Catholic social teaching. That combination could play well in the newly redistricted, now-more-exurban-than-ever 6th.

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Bachmann crushed her DFL competition in 2010, but an ill-fated presidential run has reduced her popularity at home.

As the Times notes, Bachmann "is a national rock star among conservative activists" and raised more money than any other U.S. House candidates during the 2010 campaign cycle while cruising to re-election by nearly 13 percentage points. This suggests Nolan faces an uphill battle.

But Bachmann's ill-fated bid for the GOP presidential nomination negatively affected her approval ratings here at home -- a poll released in late January found that Bachmann only has a 34 percent favorability rating, with 57 percent of Minnesota voters viewing her negatively. Only 37 percent of state voters said they think she should
run for reelection to her House seat, while 57 percent said she
should scram.

Nolan is the first DFLer in the race, but she might not be the last. The 6th district DFL convention takes place April 14, and Nolan said she'll only run in November if the party decides to back her.

Related:
-- Redistricting puts Bachmann and McCollum in same district, but Michele will run elsewhere
-- New poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty unpopular with Minnesotans


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Tony C
Tony C

Can't believe anyone would support Bachmann.  Hasn't anyone been watching and reading about her odd and peculiar behavior on her run for the White House?  People, she is not a well lady!

Cptmgt
Cptmgt

The interesting matchup is going to be for Senator in 2014: MB vs. the "comedian".

zerofor
zerofor

 Ex-comedian verses perennial comedian.

Cptmgt
Cptmgt

If Nolan is the opposition, MB will win by 20 percentage points.

David Zeller
David Zeller

umm, does she not understand that reproductive justice is in the DFL party platform, Another Tinklenberg, don't waste your money folks

Michael F
Michael F

 I would think that the DFL would much rather have someone like this, than someone like Michelle.

green23
green23

 Bachmann serves a very useful purpose to Democrats. She reminds voters on a regular basis that the alternative to otherwise lackluster Democratic candidates is sheer insanity.

It's a lot smarter for Democrats to spend their money defeating the highly-vulnerable Cravaack, than to dump it into the bottomless sink-hole of the Sixth District once again.

Bachmann does a very good job of keeping the Republican agenda in the news. Judging by her abysmal statewide poll numbers (mentioned in the article), she has no chance to go anywhere else. In addition, purely anecdotal evidence suggests that her District is getting tired of her and her "war". She is not "blowing the minds" of the "urban libs", which is what she really was elected to do. Instead, she's become a punchline that will continue to pay off for the Democrats in terms of turnout and winning over Independents in the rest of the State.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

a sales tax on Wall Street speculative financial transactions," prosecuting banks that committed mortgage fraud

Does this mean she will go after all the thieves at Freddie and Frannie?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

economically progressive, she describes herself as a "pro-life, social justice Democrat," with ethical principles rooted in Catholic social teaching.

Did she write to Obama and ask him why he hates catholics?

TeaBea
TeaBea

"Pro-life" Democrat. Sigh. Next candidate, please.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Nolan said she'll only run in November if the party decides to back her."Didn't Mark Dayton say that?

For those of you that have trouble remembering yesterday or finding your car in the parking lot; Mark Dayton did not get the backing of his party at the convention.  In fact at the 2010 DFL endorsing convention in Duluth, Mark Dayton was denied a pass that would have given him access to the convention floor.   The party insiders shunned him and didn't want to hear what he had to say.

Anyway, Anne Nolan is just another liar, er, I mean lawyer...

TeaBea
TeaBea

Both of the Minnesota political parties regularly fail to support their own most successful candidates. See: Arne Carlson. 

If I were running for any office in Minnesota, I wouldn't say anything about party support, myself They could support me or not, because it doesn't seem to affect the outcome of the race.

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