Republican Bachmann Could Take Franken’s Seat in 2018

Republican Michele Bachmann stated in a recent interview with The Jim Bakker Show that she is contemplating running for Senate, to replace Democrat Al Franken in 2018.
Franken resigned over multiple sexual harassment allegations.

“I’ve had people contact me and urge me to run for that Senate seat. …And the only reason I would run is for the ability to take these principles into the United States Senate and be able to advocate for these principles,” Bachmann said.

She continued, “If you’re a billionaire you can maybe defend yourself, [but] we’re not money people. …So we’re trying to be wise—should we do this, shouldn’t we do this, what?”

The Hill reports: 

Bachmann, a conservative lawmaker who resigned after 2014, added in the recent interview she is weighing “should it be me, should it be now? But there’s also a price you pay” and the “swamp is so toxic.”
[Franken’s] successor, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D), is scheduled to be sworn in on Wednesday.

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Franken’s resignation sets up a special election in 2018 for the remainder of his term. A second election, for a full six years, will be held in 2020.

Republicans haven’t lined up behind a candidate yet. But the spotlight is on former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), because of his resume and fundraising chops.

Smith claims she will also run for the remainder of the term in 2018 as well.

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