Long list of Republicans interested in Bachmann's seat


Minnesota Republicans began scrambling Wednesday morning to find a candidate to run against Democrat Jim Graves in the sixth district after U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she would not run for re-election in 2014.

The Star Tribune compiled a list of current and ex-lawmakers, along with other political activists living in the Republican-leaning district that may consider running.

The list includes former state lawmaker Tom Emmer, who was defeated in the 2010 gubernatorial election by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. He told the newspaper that he'd consider a run, but it's too early to say.

Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, who left her leadership post in 2011 after having an affair with Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb, would only say she's been getting a lot of phone calls.

Former state Rep. Phil Krinkie, who is current president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, told the Star Tribune he's giving serious consideration to a run. He dropped out of the race in 2006 after Bachmann got the endorsement.

The Associated Press reports state Rep. Matt Dean, of Dellwood, is inclined to run and would announce his intentions formally soon. State Sen. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake and state Rep. Tim Sanders of Blaine are also weighing campaigns.

Other Republicans on the Star Tribune's list include: State Rep. Peggy Scott of Andover, state Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer of Big Lake, Anoka County Commissioner Rhoda Sivaraja of Lino Lakes, Pete Hegseth and former U.S. Rep. Mark Kennedy.

MPR added state Sen. Sen. Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville, state Rep. David Fitzsimmons of Albertville, state Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover and former chair of the Minnesota Republican Party Pat Shortridge to the list.

Radio talk show host Jason Lewis has been rumored to be a candidate for U.S. Senate against Democratice Sen. Al Franken, but could shift his focus to run for Congress, MPR reports.

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