Elwyn Tinklenberg, former minister, mayor of Blaine and Minn. transportation commissioner, won’t seek the DFL nomination for the U.S. House in the Sixth District in 2008.
That seat is held by freshman RepublicanÃ‚Â U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. Tinklenberg sought the DFLÃ‚Â endorsement in ’06, losing a close race to Patty Wetterling. Wetterling went on to lose the general election to Bachmann.
Tinklenberg had beenÃ‚Â mulling another bid, as the cliche has it.Ã‚Â One school of DFL thought had held that Tinklenberg’s combination ofÃ‚Â a ministerial background,Ã‚Â transporation expertise and anÃ‚Â ability to portray himself as a moderate on social issues (although when you got right down to it, he had mostly the same positions as Wetterling on abortion and gay marriage) made Tinklenberg a good bet in the very socially conservative and transportation-focusedÃ‚Â district. John Wodele — who worked on Tinklenberg’s ’06 campaign and spoke to Tinklenberg about his plans — confirms the rumor of the non-bid.
Bob Hill, a Stillwater attorney, does plan to run as a DFLer against Bachmann.