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Latest DFLer to enter 6th District race looks just like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite [UPDATE]

Dr. James Read
Dr. James Read
College of St. Ben's

:::: UPDATE :::: Read dropped City Pages a line to share his thoughts about his uncanny resemblance. To his credit, he has a sense of humor about the whole thing.

"Aaron, someone forwarded your blog posting to me under the heading 'All publicity is good publicity,'" Read wrote. "Be that as it may, I think I'm a little better looking, or at least that I appear to be a nicer guy, than Uncle Rico."

We won't argue with him there!

Original post (October 16) -- Yesterday, Jim Read, a political science professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, became the second DFLer to enter the 6th District congressional race.

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That seat, of course, is currently held by the irreplaceable Michele Bachmann, who announced this spring she won't run again next year. Hotelier-turned-Democratic politician Jim Graves nearly beat Bachmann last year and looked like he had a strong chance to wrest control of the right-learning district from Republicans in 2014, but in a surprising move, he announced he wouldn't be running for a second time just days after Bachmann's announcement.

Enter Read, who told the St. Cloud Times he was motivated to run by the federal government shutdown.

"Ordinary citizens have been turned into hostages in high-stakes political battles," Read said. "This goes beyond what's a legitimate political tactic, in my view."

But the real story here is Read's uncanny resemblance to Napoleon Dynamite's Uncle Rico. The likeness was pointed out on Twitter by Minnesota Majority's John Rouleau:

Of course, the leading Republican candidate to replace Bachmann in the 6th, 2010 gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, is no stranger to unintentional comedy  in his own right.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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