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Minnesota Federal Elections, 2006

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This article discusses elections for the U.S. House and Senate from Minnesota in 2006.




Tim Walz began running by the end of '04. Tim's experience in the military as a Command Sargeant Major comes through. The energy and fervency of support among those who meet Tim is not parallelled by any of the previous three candidates. In short, Tim as a commander inspires loyalty. Tim Walz is a threat to Gutknecht.

Gutknecht's Weakness in GOP The GOP doesn't think too highly of Gil Gutknecht. As a six term incumbent who made very clear that he wanted to run for US Senate he should have been a shoo-in. Yet Mark Kennedy, a two term incumbent congressman, was annointed by the GOP. How to explain Gutknecht's lack of influence? In a word - competence.

Tim is paying attention to the constituents of the district. The biggest constituency Gutknecht serves is the Big Ag, Oil Companies, and the ultra-rich. That is the way to explain his votes.

The issues of honesty, integrity, and competence are on the front burner, nationally. Honesty: Gil is prone to say one thing, then vote the other way. Integrity: Gil is tainted by Delay money, and Rep. Gutknecht votes 94% of the time with Tom Delay and the House Republican Caucus. Competence: Obviously, his party thinks he is incompetent by 1) annointing a rival junior congressman in the run for US Senate, 2) affording him NO powerful chairmanships.






**Patty Wetterling - 2004 nominee.

**Michele Bachmann - State Senator

Patty Wetterling won the democratic nomination after seven rounds of voting and a concession by Elwyn Tinklenberg (Former State Transportation Commissioner and Blaine Mayor). Bachmann won the Republican nomination setting off what many call a left vs. right social values debate. Other Republican candidates were Jim Knoblach, Phil Krinkie, Jay Esmay.



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