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 announcement 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 Dunn Brothers, 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 Lowell Park, 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.