[you can read my review of the 8 Congressional Districts of Minnesota here]
The race for the U.S. House Seat in Minnesotas' District Six is one of the hottest and most watched nationwide.
Bets are being waged from coast to coast.
The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has stated that she has targeted for defeat, the incumbent; republican Michele Bachmann.
She says she thinks it would be better if I were represented by the DFLer Tarryl Clark.
I think Nanci should mind her own bees wax. Better yet I think her constituents would be better represented by John Dennis.
Michele was born in Waterloo Iowa and moved to Anoka where she graduated high school. She then went to Winnona State and went on to receive a degree in tax law from the College of William and Mary's.
She was a U.S. Treasury Department Attorney in the U.S. Federal Tax Court in Saint Paul.
Her and her husband now own a business in Stillwater.
She first won elective office in a very dramatic fashion. In 2000, she defeated the 18 year incumbent Gary Laidig in their republican primary race for his State Senate seat, dist. 56.
Then she won the general election.
She had taken State Senate seat 56 from the DFLers, "Independents", and the seated weak Republican.
Then, the redistricting fiasco of 2002, [thank you Arne Carlson] forced her to vie for a newly drawn district (52) against a strong DFL'er named Jane Krentz.
She beat her too, and became the State Senator from the newly drawn district 52.
Then, when the U.S. House Dist 6. incumbent Mark Kennedy decided to run for Senate, and leave the seat open, Michele ran for the seat and won.
She took the office in January of 2007, and won re-election in 2008.
She now is facing a well funded opponent.
Tarryl Clark was born in Norfolk Virginia. She attended Drake and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. She has a masters in education from Arizona state and a law degree from William MItchell in Saint Paul.
She was very involved in "community Action" and when the MN senate dist 15 dave Klies won the election for mayor of Saint Cloud, a special election was held.
Tarryl Clark ran and won. She was re-elected to a full 4 year term in 2006.
She now has supporters nationwide who, don't love her so much as they hate Michele. In so many ways they do.
I love that Michele bugs them so much, I see it as an enduring quality.
I know the State of Minnesota and I know the 6th district. Michele is safe and all that money coming from all over the nation is just wasted cash.
Michele voted very wisely lately; and the newly attentive, no longer silent majority, have noticed.
I give Six to one odds for Michele to keep her seat.
...and then we will watch her establish a caucus of freshmen to help keep their focus.
Garrison Keillor may consider going back to Europe, he said he felt more comfortable there than in Minnesota.
this is going to be good.