Krinkie is pondering U.S. Senate or 6th District bid

Former state Rep. Phill Krinkie said he’s considering a run for U.S. Senate next year, because he doesn’t think either of the current two Republican candidates can mount a competitive race against incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar.

Krinkie is a small business owner and the current president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. He said he’s concerned about what’s going on in Washington. The current GOP challengers to Klobuchar are Joe Arwood and Dan Severson. Krinkie said he is far from making a decision about running, but he’s confident about his ability to mount a strong campaign.

“Can I raise the money? A daunting task, but I think I have enough credibility and enough moxie to go raise the funds necessary to give a competitive race,” Krinkie said. “But again, don’t get me wrong here, just because I think I can doesn’t mean I’m going to jump off the bridge into the water and do it.”

Krinkie said he would also consider running for Congress in the 6th district, but only if incumbent GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who’s currently running for president, does not seek re-election. Krinkie lost an endorsement battle for the seat to Bachmann in 2006.