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Peterson Endorses Walz

Walz says he’ll announce his decision in the “very near future.”

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
March 22, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

“Mul­tiple sources in the state said” Rep. Col­lin Peterson (D-07) en­dorsed Rep. Tim Walz (D-01) “for gov­ernor Sat­urday at a loc­al DFL din­ner in Gran­ite Falls. Asked about his plans Monday, Walz” said “a de­cision will come in the ‘very near fu­ture.’”

“Both Walz and” Rep. Rick No­lan (D-08) “stressed that they would make their statewide de­cisions in­de­pend­ently, with a field already get­ting crowded without them. The rur­al ap­peal that makes No­lan and Walz so in­dis­pens­able to the House Demo­crat­ic caucus is also the reas­on Min­nesota Demo­crats are ur­ging them to run statewide.”

“Yet Demo­crats in the state ques­tioned wheth­er there is space for two rur­al con­gress­men in the race, and Walz ap­pears to be fur­ther along in his de­cision-mak­ing pro­cess. … No­lan said last week he hasn’t had time to fully con­sider a run and con­sult with the ap­pro­pri­ate party lead­ers.”

“No­lan said that if he wins his seat in 2018 but Demo­crats lose the gov­ernor­ship, it’s pos­sible ‘we saved it for one term and lost it for the next dec­ade’ when Re­pub­lic­ans draw new dis­trict bound­ar­ies” in 2021.

No­lan: “Those are the kinds of tough de­cisions you have to factor in. I wish I had a crys­tal ball; then I’d know ex­actly what to do.” (Na­tion­al Journ­al)

“When pressed about wheth­er ‘near fu­ture’ meant with­in a week, Walz said, ‘I think so.’” (Roll Call)

BE­HOLD, THE RE­PUB­LIC­AN BENCH. 2014 Sen­ate can­did­ate Phil­lip Par­rish (R) is “run­ning for gov­ernor says he was in­spired to join the race by what he de­scribes as a con­spir­acy of si­lence to­ward for­eign threats by cur­rent gov­ern­ment and me­dia lead­ers. … On Twit­ter and Face­book, he reg­u­larly de­nounces Is­lam­ic groups and com­pli­cit west­ern­ers.” (Owa­tonna People’s Press)

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