Bachmann getting help from First Lady

12:55 PM, Oct 17, 2006   |    comments
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First lady Laura Bush will drop in next week to help Republicans Michele Bachmann and Rep. Gil Gutknecht in Minnesota's hottest congressional races. The first lady is the star attraction at an Oct. 25 breakfast fundraiser for Bachmann, according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press. Later that day, Gutknecht will introduce Bush at a speech at Rochester's Mayo Civic Center, campaign spokesman Bryan Anderson said Tuesday. Tarah Donoghue, a deputy spokeswoman for the first lady, wouldn't confirm the Minnesota appearances. Neither would Bachmann's campaign manager, Andy Parrish. The Bachmann breakfast will take place at the Marriott Minneapolis Southwest in Minnetonka, according to the invitation. The reception costs $500 per person; photographs with Bush are going for $2,100 per person. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and GOP Reps. Gil Gutknecht, John Kline, Jim Ramstad and Mark Kennedy and their wives are listed as the hosts. The White House has been eager to help Bachmann keep the open 6th District seat in GOP hands. President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, top adviser Karl Rove and House Speaker Dennis Hastert have all helped Bachmann, who trails Democrat Patty Wetterling in campaign cash. In southern Minnesota's 1st District, Gutknecht faces Democrat Tim Walz in another potentially competitive race.

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