Republican Businessman Announces Run For US Senate

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 7:20 am

A day after we learned that Michelle Bachman won’t be running again for the US House, we learned about a man who wants to run for the US Senate in the midterm elections of 2014.

Republican businessman Mike McFadden says he’s seeking his party’s nod to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken in next year’s election.

McFadden’s campaign launched Wednesday in a three-minute Web video that describes his Minnesota roots and concern “for the direction this country is headed.” He’s a first-time candidate and the first Republican to step up against Franken. He also filed formal paperwork to form a campaign fundraising committee.

McFadden is 48 and runs a financial management firm. He plans to take a leave of absence from Lizard Middle Market in Minneapolis during his campaign.

Franken intends to seek another six-year term after winning the last one by a razor thin margin following a recount and court fight. The Associated Press reports that Franken has amassed a healthy campaign treasury and experts say he will not be easy to unseat.

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