Small businessman Brian McGoldrick launched a bid Thursday for the DFL nomination to the 6th congressional district.

McGoldrick owns the Admiral D’s Waterfront Tavern and marina in White Bear Lake and has no prior political experience. But unlike incumbent Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, he says, at least “I actually live in the 6th District” – the new district line falls a mile from his house.

“I’m a hard worker. If you’ve been in small business, that’s all you know how to do, is to work really hard for people,” said McGoldrick, who told reporters that despite his relative lack of experience, he’s not worried about being able to raise enough money to challenge a congressional incumbent.

Despite the conservative makeup of his district, McGoldrick describes himself as pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. He is the second DFL candidate to enter the race against Bachmann, joining Anne Nolan in the race. During a press conference at the Capitol Thursday morning, he said he would honor the DFL’s endorsement decision and drop out if he is not the party’s nominee.

“Up until now, I haven’t had the desire” to run for public office, he said. Now, he said, his two children are grown and out of the house and he’s willing to “work really hard and prevail.”

“Small businesses, they’re the backbone of this country and I don’t think small business has the representation that they need in Washington. They provide the bulk of the jobs, and they provide the bulk of the taxes. I think we’ve got way too many attorneys in Washington, DC.”

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