The right wing Congresswoman who would make even Katherine Harris cringe and only Pat Robertson could love, first term Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN 06)may have just eroded some of her political fortunes.
Following her suggestion that the media do an expose on all 535 members of both chambers of congress to discern who is “pro-American” from who is “anti-American” (no word on who will design the criteria defining what is “American” and what is not), Bachmann has sparked a firestorm of criticism.
A once obscure Democratic candidate running against Bachmann and long thought heading towards a likely defeat, is now seeing an infusion of cash contributions and attention from the Democratic big names.
But some Republicans may also be seeking to distance themselves from Bachmann, known for her controversial and extremely conservative view points especially on social issues. A former primary opponent who she had defeated earlier this year, is now rising from the political dead to challenge Bachmann once again, this time in the general election as a write in candidate. The more moderate Challenger faces a steep uphill battle though, since write -in candidacies rarely culminate in victory for the candidate. Still at least he has the courage to take on this lady.
Aubrey Immelman, 52, is a psychology professor at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., who ran against Bachmann in the Republican primary. He finished second, with just 14 percent of the vote, but he got his campaign off the ground again Saturday by announcing he will run as a write-in candidate on Nov. 4 in the hope of knocking Bachmann out.
A South African immigrant to the United States who chose Minnesota for the great walleye fishing and the great colleges, Immelman has taught at St. John’s since 1991. He calls himself a moderate Republican and says he supported Bob Dole in 1996 and George W. Bush in 2000, but opposes the disastrous turn in U.S. foreign policy that followed the Iraq war.
“I gave up everything to come here, which is why I feel so strongly about the direction my country has been taking,” he said Monday. “I’m a proud, patriotic American. And I cannot tolerate this festering brand of neo-McCarthyism Michele Bachmann is pushing.”