Posted: 04/05/06 18:16, Edited: 04/05/06 19:14
We have it on pretty good authority that Wendy Wilde will soon (within a couple of weeks) announce an official candidacy for the 3rd Congressional District, to run against Jim Ramstad. This means that in 3 of the 4 currently Republican Congressional districts, we will have a high profile woman running as the potential DFL challenger. The 4th (1st District) is also capable of turning over with Afghanistan veteran, Tim Walz.
I'm not trying to downplay Elwyn Tinklenburg's chances in the 6th, but it would be an interesting trio of Congressional races to have Patty Wetterling in the 6th, Wendy Wilde in the 3rd, and Coleen Rowley in the 2nd. And then there is the possibility of Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman or former State Senator Ember Riechscott Junge in the open 5th seat. Wow! This suddenly "estrogen" laden field would be a refreshing change, especially in a year where change is desperately needed.
Wendy Wilde's chances in the 3rd will be formidable. Ramstad has always kept a certain amount of distance from the Bush debacle; but he did deliver some key Republican votes when the Delay machine twisted his arm enough. Over the years, he has been able to cultivate a block of Democratic voters and the conservative GOP base has "tolerated" him to keep the seat in Republican hands. But this year could be unpredictable -- the variables have increased and a rising tide lifts all boats. I think Wendy Wilde sees an opening here -- get ready for a "Wilde" ride.