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Sixth District Residents (and Visitors) Weigh in On Bachmann's Decision

Area residents chime in on the congresswoman's run for president.

Stillwater Patch on Tuesday asked residents of the Sixth District, and those visiting Stillwater, what they think of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's  that she will run for president in 2012.

The first stop was Ron Christoffersen's house on Sixth Street, where his latest sign reads: "Elect a woman. We tried a boy."

"You should have seen the reactions this morning,"Christoffersen said laughing.

"I'm glad she's doing it. She did a good job last night," he continued. "I like her. She may not be my first choice, but she's homegrown, and (Mitt) Romney is not my first choice, either. I haven't really figured it out yet.

"She didn't come across as a politician," Christoffersen said. "She abides by the Constitution, or comes as close as anyone up there, and I think she's strong ... She's smart enough to surround herself with good people, which depending on your political leanings, (Barack) Obama didn't do.

"I'm not an overboard crazy nut about any of it," he said. "You take what you've got."

At , Stillwater Patch caught up with Stillwater resident Jane Anglin.

"It makes me sad," Anglin said. "I hope she doesn't get very far with that. She's so right-wing. She's hateful. She's not very open to anything different."

What about Bachmann's local ties?

"That's an embarrassment to me," Anglin said. "People say, 'You're from Stillwater? Oh, Michele Bachmann.' I didn't vote for her, but she's still here. It's a disappointment, really."

Hanging out at , Alicia Gensch of Vadnais Heights weighs in:

"Every time I hear her speak, I realize I just don't agree with her. It's not the manner in which she says things, but the content of what she says that's a little bit off. When asked a direct question, she diverts off topic, and as a congresswoman or presidential candidate, I don't agree with that. As president she would have to address a lot of hard issues directly.

What about the Minnesota connection?

"It doesn't factor in for me," Gensch said. "It's not worth it."

Also enjoying the sun at Lowell Park was Leah Kane of White Bear Lake.

"I plead the fifth," Kane said. 

Bradley Johnson June 15, 2011 at 02:08 PM
There's a difference between free speech and hate speech. Ron Christoffersen's use of the the racial epithet "boy" on his latest sign is clearly the latter. Thanks, Shawn and Kris for shedding light on this disgrace to our community.
mark anderson June 15, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Bachmann is a polarizing candidate, as she's a polarizing congresswoman. Arch conservatives agree with her and arch liberals think she's hateful. Neither camp gets the point; polarization is the enemy of democracy. "No retreat, no compromise" makes it impossible for either side to govern well. Like it or not, politics is the art of the possible, and that means that neither side can have everything it wants. There is a list of the 10 greatest presidents that is assembled by historians and respected polls. All of the top ten were people who got things done by working with both sides of the isle. Regardless of how far she can take this campaign, Michelle Bachmann's name will never be on that list.

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