R. Christopher Barden, an Republican lawyer from Edina, formally announced his candidacy for Attorney General today.
In a statement posted on the True North blog last night, Barden laid out his platform, which includes a lot of red meat for the GOP base: lock up more criminals, be more business-friendly, and fight federal health care reform.
Attorney General Lori Swanson, who earned the DFL endorsement for a second term at the party convention last weekend, angered conservatives this month when she refused Gov. Tim Pawlenty's request to file a lawsuit against the health care reform bill.
Barden's got an interesting background: He went to Harvard Law School a year behind Barack Obama, but before that, he got his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the U of M and worked as a licensed psychologist.