GOP’s Tom Emmer announces run for Michele Bachmann seat


Failed Minnesota Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer announced Wednesday that he will run for the Sixth District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Emmer lost to Governor Mark Dayton by a few thousand votes in 2010 — a year of many Republican wins in Minnesota. His candidacy was damaged by a remark about waiters making $100,000 a year and his opposition to gay and lesbian rights. Emmer’s opposition to gay rights gained media attention when activists boycotted Target Corp. for donating to a fund that backed Emmer.

Prior to running for governor, Emmer served in the Minnesota Legislature. He now co-hosts a morning AM radio talk show on a conservative Twin Cities talk station. He and his co-host, Bob Davis, have been caught up in controversies about inflammatory remarks the pair have made on several occasions, including a recent outburst in which Davis told the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting to “go to hell” because of their campaign for gun-safety measures in the wake of the massacre of 26 first graders and their teachers.

Bachmann announced last week that she will not seek election to a fifth term.