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Hunziker says mayoral loss suggests Bachmann presidency possible

St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker, who lost his re-election bid Tuesday. Bulletin file photo by Jon Avise

Ousted St. Paul Park Mayor John Hunziker said his election loss Tuesday suggests a Michele Bachmann presidency is possible.

Hunziker lost his bid for a fifth mayoral term to Keith Franke, a local bar and restaurant owner and first-time candidate.

Reached by the Bulletin after the election results were in, Hunziker said:

"I only have one statement to make, and that is with the results of the mayoral election in St. Paul Park it only goes to prove that Michele Bachmann can be elected president of the United States."

When asked to clarify his comment, Hunziker hung up the telephone. He could not be immediately reached for a follow-up interview.

Bachmann, who represents Minnesota's 6th District in Congress, is trailing in the field of Republican presidential candidates. St. Paul Park is not a part of the 6th District.

Franke had the support of the State Senate District 57 GOP. Republicans sent a mailing announcing they were backing Franke, along with three candidates for District 833 School Board.

In an interview before Hunziker's remarks, Franke said his door-knocking efforts in recent weeks paid off with a victory.

"I got nothing against the guy," he said of Hunziker. "He's done a good job for what he's done."

Franke received 327 votes to Hunziker's 239, good for a 57-42 percent margin of victory.

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Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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