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Democrats are wasting their time and money waging a futile campaign to oust two-term U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to political pundit David Schultz. The Hamline University political science professor argues that DFLers (and the media) should instead be focusing their attention on the Third Congressional District, where freshman GOP incumbent Erik Paulsen is being challenged by Jim Meffert.

Schultz’s Take: Dems should ignore Bachmann, focus on CD3

Jim Meffert

Jim Meffert

Democrats are wasting their time and money waging a futile campaign to oust two-term U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to political pundit David Schultz. The Hamline University political science professor argues that DFLers (and the media) should instead be focusing their attention on the Third Congressional District, where freshman GOP incumbent Erik Paulsen is being challenged by Jim Meffert.

Schultz contends that Bachmann is a good fit for her deep-red district, while Paulsen is a hard line conservative masquerading as a moderate in a classic swing district.

He has a voting record nearly identical to Bachmann’s, voting with her over 90% of the time. He has no real accomplishments to show, and about the only news about him has been how he appeared to gouge the House franking privilege by sending out hundreds of thousands of dollars in mail to his constituents, at taxpayer expense. More importantly, for a moderate district, his voting record is way to the right of where most of the voters are.

Meffert finished the second quarter with just $30,000 cash on hand and the third district contest is not included on any of the national charts of competitive House races. Bachmann’s challenger, Tarryl Clark, by contrast, had roughly $800,000 in the bank at the end of June. The Cook Political Report lists the race as “likely Republican.”

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