Democrats’ Faceoff Intensifies in Race to Challenge Bachmann

Posted October 2, 2009 at 12:50pm

Minnesota state Sen. Tarryl Clark has gained early front-runner status over physician Maureen Reed in their contest for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of Congress’ most outspoken conservative firebrands.

But Reed, who officially unveiled her full campaign team Friday, is ceding no ground to Clark in the 6th District Democratic contest.

In addition to hiring a campaign manager, several field staffers and a communications director, the Reed campaign has also signed up Lake Research Partners — headed by prominent Democratic pollster Celinda Lake — and Sandberg Communications to help with strategy and communications.

Reed signaled at mid-year that she wouldn’t be easily dismissed as she reported a big fundraising haul for the year’s second quarter, raising more than $200,000 in just two months after announcing her candidacy. Her third quarter fundraising report, due by Oct. 15, will be another test of the strength of her campaign.