DFLer Anne Nolan steps forward to challenge Bachmannby Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democrat Anne Nolan today will formally launch a campaign against Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.
Nolan ran unsuccessfully three times in the past for the state Legislature. She is the first DFLer to step forward to take on Bachmann.
Nolan works for a small business that helps employers develop flexible work schedules for their employees. She says her congressional campaign will focus on many of the same issues that the Occupy Wall Street movement has highlighted.
"How do we get the economy moving again? How do we make it fair for the 99 percent, not just the one percent? And specific issues like, let's have a financial transactions tax and put a sales tax on speculative transactions on Wall Street and hold accountable the folks who crashed the economy in the first place -- and then raise the resources to rebuild it," she said.
"Occupy has been raising all of these issues and I think they're right. I think this race is a great opportunity to hold those issues up and talk about them and change what the county's talking about," Nolan said.
Bachmann has already sent out a fundraising email soliciting "emergency contributions," to help her defend against what she characterizes as her new "Occupy Wall Street" opponent.
Nolan plans to formally announce her campaign this afternoon at a library in St. Cloud.