Word on the street is that Dean Barkley may be running for Congress in the 6th, against Bachmann.
There was some speculation that Mr. Barkley may try and run as a Democrat. His electoral history places him in some pretty interesting company as an Independent.
1996 he was an Independent for US Senate in the race of Wellstone versus Boschwitz.
1994 he ran as an Independent for US Senate in the race with Rod Grams and Ann Wynia.
1992 he ran for Congress as an Independent in the old 6th CD, with Rod Grams and Gary Sikorski.
It could be very difficult for Barkley to secure an endorsement in the 6th, no matter who the candidates are. Entrenched DFL delegates would be very unlikely to endorse someone who has an electoral history as an Independent and will be perceived as a spoiler in a few elections.
Some delegates will perceive it to be that simple. Truth be told, it's much more complicated than that.
He's an Annandale guy so that sits well with me.
Ok, seriously though. He's been through this a few times before. He knows the complexities of running a campaign such as this.
Money won't be a big issue in this race. It's there. People want Bachmann beat.
It's going to boil down to message and the organization of the grassroots efforts.
Dean Barkley for US Congress. Hmmm. He kind of sounds like an Elwyn Tinklenberg kind of guy for this race.
I have a few more names that have been floated out there for the 6th as well. I will be trying to put together a more detailed analysis of stregnths, weaknesses and such at a later time.
Just got this info over lunch and wanted to get it out there to see what people thought!