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September 15, 2006
Rightroots Push Continues

We're continuing our push for 100 contributions for each candidate in our Rightroots campaign, which has a slate of excellent candidates in competitive races for both the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. As of this post, we have raised over $66,000 for the list, and we're just getting started. In order to make the stakes clear regarding the candidates, I'd like to highlight the two Minnesota races Rightroots supports.

Mark Kennedy has served in Congress for three terms and now wants to win the seat from which Mark Dayton will retire. Kennedy has a solid conservative voting record and wants to pursue national security and open government issues when he moves to the Senate. His opponent, Amy Klobuchar, has a small but consistent lead on Kennedy in the polls. Klobuchar has served as the District Attorney for Minneapolis without getting her hands dirty by actually prosecuting cases, and watched violent crime increase significantly during her eight-year tenure. She has Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi raising funds for her in Minnesota, and Mark needs to outpace her in the next few weeks.

Michele Bachmann has built a reputation for conservatism in her years at the Capital as a state senator, and now she wants to fill Mark Kennedy's seat in the Sixth Congressional District. Her opponent, Patty Wetterling, lost to Kennedy in 2004 for the same office, but she has plenty of backing from Emily's List, Pelosi, and the entire Leftist elite. Wetterling has a lot of name recognition for the courageous work she did for missing children after the heartbreaking (and unsolved) abduction of her own child. However, she has adopted a far-Left position on issues that will fundamentally change the nature of Congress if she replaces Kennedy. She also spent the last two months ducking Bachmann, refusing to debate her.

Bachmann is a reliable conservative, a tax attorney who opposes any tax increases, and a staunch supporter of the need to defend the United States. On a personal level, Bachmann is one of my favorite political figures -- a warm and friendly woman who raised 23 foster children with her husband Marcus, who enjoys meeting people and talking about any subject that comes up, and who can light up a room or a political gathering with equal charm and grace. I'll try to dig up our interview during the fair and podcast it tonight.

Rightroots has plenty of candidates like Mark and Michele to support. This weekend, be sure to drop a few dollars at the website and help keep Republican control on both chambers this fall.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 15, 2006 6:36 AM

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