Tom Emmer
Antigay Pol Announces Run for Bachmann's Seat

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on June 07 2013 10:39 PM ET

Rep. Michele Bachmann is leaving Congress, but she may be replaced by someone equally antigay.

The first Republican to announce he’ll seek the seat she’s vacating in the suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul is Tom Emmer, a former state representative and failed gubernatorial candidate with some virulently antigay views.

Emmer last month wrote an op-ed for a right-wing website in which he claimed Minnesota’s marriage equality law amounted to discrimination against those who disagree with it. He also has been connected with a homophobic ministry. And when he ran for governor in 2010, Target and Best Buy came in for criticism from LGBT consumers and allies because they donated to a political action committee supporting Emmer.

Read more about him and other potential candidates at The Raw Story.