You watch the Bachmann allies of today and yesterday, because they’re very often the Minnesota state legislators of tomorrow. (Sorry, but that’s the way it’s been going since I started writing about Bachmann. Every Democrat in the state who’s spent years dismissing Bachmann with a sneer at DFL rallies has also seen her ideological allies go on to serve in state government–via the GOP.)
The candidates who come out of the state’s Christian right are the ones who push the wedge issues and account for a lot of the lies and craziness we see coming out of the MNGOP’s currently ideology. If Michele Bachmann had been beaten two, four, six years ago…the Christian right and the GOP would have started putting up more moderate conservative candidates. Instead, Bachmann’s indestructibility has made guys like Dan Severson and Pete Hegseth viable Senate candidates–proving that crazy politics based on lies, does indeed “float” in Minnesota.
Dan Severson’s a former legislator and perennial office seeker who courts the state’s religious right and has been written up here at MPP for spreading paranoid lies in the Bachmann tradition:
Pete Hegseth’s another piece of work for ya. He’s running against Klobuchar and is a “Focus on the Family/Family Research Council” guy from way back in the day. (What would James Dobson and the national Christian right give, for control of another seat in the US Senate?) MPP gave you a glimpse into Hegseth here…
But are the candidacies serious? Here’s the latest fundraising story, from Capitol View at MPR:
Severson raises $53,000 in first three months of 2012
Posted at 1:11 PM on April 16, 2012 by Mark Zdechlik (0 Comments)
Republican Dan Severson’s U.S. Senate campaign is reporting first quarter fundraising of $53,884 and says it ended March with a little more than $40,000 in campaign cash on hand.
Severson, a former state representative from Sauk Rapids, has been running for Senate since May 2011.
Another candidate, Pete Hegseth, got into the race in March and reported much stronger fundraising of $160,000 for the first quarter and $130,000 cash on hand as of March 31.