May Township businessman Brian McGoldrick announced his candidacy today (March 22) for the 6th Congressional District Democratic Party endorsement for Congress.
“I’m here to replace the hypocrisy of leadership that is (Republican Congresswoman) Michele Bachmann,” said McGoldrick at a Capitol
McGoldrick, who started his first business at age 22 and currently owns a 200-slip marina and restaurant on White Bear Lake, is the second Democrat to step forward to challenge former presidential candidate and media celebrity Bachmann.
St. Cloud attorney Anne Nolan, who unsuccessfully has sought public office before, is also running for the Democratic endorsement.
The district convention will take place April 14 at Teamsters Hall in Blaine.
According to media reports, Nolan will abide by the party endorsement.
McGoldrick describes himself as more watchful of local Democratic politics than participating, saying as a small businessman he’s busy.
He has not served in public office before.
McGoldrick explained his entrance to the race — he will abide by the DFL endorsement, he said — was timed by redistricting which had the congressional district boundary line falling a mile from his home.
Though saying he would have more to say about campaign fund raising later, McGoldrick indicated he wasn’t worried about it.
Bachmann has gained national attention for her ability to raise campaign dollars.
But McGoldrick argues the congresswoman hasn’t been earning her actual $174,000 a year congressional salary.
He portrayed Bachmann as spending recent months unsuccessfully pandering to Iowans, missing votes, not earning her pay.
“She’s gifted, no doubt,” said McGoldrick, reading a prepared statement. “But unfortunately, she has the wrong job,” he said.
McGoldrick hails his business experiences as evidence he understands what makes business and job creation go.
“The backbone of the country is small business,” he said.
MxGoldrick describes himself as Pro Choice.
He indicated his support for same-sex marriage.
“I don’t think anyone should have the right to define someone else’s happiness,” he said.
McGoldrick is a 1977 graduate of Hill-Murray High School and holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College in Winona, a Catholic university.
A month out of college, McGoldrick started 55 Minute Photo in Golden Valley — his first business.
McGoldrick was also a partner in Dynaglass, a fiberglass manufacturer, and has had other business dealings.
Bachmann is seeking her fourth term in the U.S. House.