Duluth 2010 General Election Results

With all precincts reporting, here are the statewide numbers for Minnesota races related to Duluth and St. Louis County.

FEDERAL OFFICE

United States Representative, Minnesota District 8
Chip Cravaack — 133,490 | 48%
James L. Oberstar — 129,091 | 47%
Timothy Olson — 11,876 | 4%
Richard (George) Burton — 2,492 | 1%

STATE OFFICES

Minnesota State Senator for District 7
Roger J. Reinert — 19,545 | 73%
Rilla Debot Opelt — 7,268 | 27%

Minnesota State Representative for District 6B
Mary Murphy — 9,870 | 61%
Keith MacDonald — 6,408 | 39%

Minnesota State Representative for District 7A
Thomas Huntley — 10,080 | 65%
Carinda Horton — 5,469 | 35%

Minnesota State Representative for District 7B
Kerry Gauthier — 7,470 | 67%
Travis Silvers — 2,475 | 22%
Tony Salls — 1,230 | 11%

Minnesota Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Mark Dayton & Yvonne Prettner Solon — 919,232 | 44%
Tom Emmer & Annette T. Meeks — 910,462 | 43%
Tom Horner & James A. Mulder — 251,487 | 12%
Chris Wright & Edwin H. Engelmann — 7,516 | 0%
Farheen Hakeem & Dan Dittmann — 6,188 | 0%
Ken Pentel and Erin Wallace — 6,180 | 0%
Linda S. Eno & Howard B. Hanson — 4,092 | 0%

Minnesota Secretary of State
Mark Ritchie — 999,382 | 49%
Dan “Doc” Severson — 928,913 | 46%
Jual Carlson — 105,675 | 5%

Minnesota State Auditor
Rebecca Otto — 981,822 | 48%
Patricia “Pat” Anderson — 956,339 | 47%
Annie Young — 54,154 | 3%
Kenny Kalligher — 35,548 | 2%

Minnesota Attorney General
Lori Swanson — 1,075,536 | 53%
Chris Barden — 839,033 | 41%
Bill Dahn — 102,865 | 5%
David J. Hoch — 14,040 | 1%

COUNTY OFFICES

St. Louis County Commissioner for District 1 (Duluth area)
Frank Jewell — 6,424 | 69%
Dennis Fink — 2,854 | 31%

St. Louis County Commissioner for District 4 (Ely area)
Mike Forsman — 7,509 | 57%
Christina Hujanen — 5,656 | 43%

St. Louis County Commissioner for Dist. 6 (Virginia area)
Keith Nelson — 6,921 | 56%
Lorrie Janatopoulos — 5,450 | 44%

St. Louis County Commissioner for Dist. 7 (Hibbing area)
Steve Rauker — 9,645 | 98%

St. Louis County Auditor
Donald Dicklich — 67,205 | 99%

St. Louis County Sheriff
Ross Litman — 66,700 | 99%

St. Louis County Attorney
Mark Rubin — 42,591 | 54%
Melanie Ford — 36,154 | 46%

South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor, Dist. 2
Marcia Stromgren — 36,080 | 99%

South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor, Dist. 3
Albert L. Moline — 35,318 | 99%

South St. Louis County Soil and Water Supervisor, Dist. 5
Debra L. Taylor — 20,405 | 58%
John Pastor — 14,739 | 42%

SCHOOL DISTRICT QUESTION — I.S.D #709 (DULUTH)

Approval of School District Bond Issue
No — 20,612 | 64%
Yes — 11,362 | 36%

JUDICIAL OFFICES

Minnesota Supreme Court 2 Associate Justice
Helen Meyer — 932,860 | 58%
Greg Wersal — 672,034 | 42%

Minnesota Supreme Court 5 Associate Justice
Christopher Dietzen — 1,242,070 | 99%

Minnesota Supreme Court 6 Associate Justice
Alan C. Page — 1,073,723 | 63%
Tim Tingelstad — 619,701 | 37%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 2 Judge
Natalie E. Hudson — 1,225,427 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 3 Judge
David Minge — 1,224,671 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 4 Judge
Wilhelmina (Mimi) Wright — 1,207,287 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 5 Judge
Louise Dovre Bjorkman — 1,198,853 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 11 Judge
Michelle A. Larkin — 1,199,342 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 13 Judge
Randolph W. Peterson — 835,213 | 57%
Roxann Klugman — 637,389 | 43%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 14 Judge
Larry Stauber Jr. — 771,453 | 52%
Dan Griffith — 716,646 | 48%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 17 Judge
Matthew E. Johnson — 1,190,517 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 18 Judge
Heidi Schellhas — 1,190,189 | 99%

Minnesota Court of Appeals 19 Judge
Francis Connolly — 1,185,303 | 99%

Minnesota Sixth District Court 2 Judge
Terrence M. Aronson — 74,184 | 99%

Minnesota Sixth District Court 11 Judge
Mike Cuzzo — 54,609 | 60%
Timothy A. Costley — 35,350 | 39%

Minnesota Sixth District Court 13 Judge
Heather L. Sweetland — 75,815 | 99%

Minnesota Sixth District Court 14 Judge
Mark Munger — 76,320 | 99%

Minnesota Sixth District Court 16 Judge
John E. Desanto — 77,407 | 99%

Click here to see Douglas County (Superior) results.

57 Comments

zra

about 12 years ago

Dayton/Prettner-Solon, Reinert, Oberstar, Rubin, Jewell.

edgeways

about 12 years ago

Feingold has actually lost already, which sucks

baci

about 12 years ago

Go Frank Jewell!

Lojasmo

about 12 years ago

Whoa.  Oberstar and Cravaack tied.  St. Louis comes in late, right?

Lojasmo

about 12 years ago

Holy shit:  AP just called cd-08 for Cravaack.  Duluth, I am disappointed.

Danny G

about 12 years ago

Oberstar gave a victory speech...then lost.  Classic.

OGDuluthian

about 12 years ago

I had given Jimmy my vote since I was old enough to vote (34 years ago), and this was the first time I didn't vote for him. It was time for him to go and I am feeling good about Chip's attitude to stop all of the wasteful spending and trim down the size of government.

jim

about 12 years ago

Well, well, well. Seems as though the "change" that was promised took a bit longer than expected. St. Louis County is still the only brain-dead area of our country. 


(MPR photo)

Oh, how I would love to have been at Jimmy's victory speech. I wonder what the heir apparent Donny is thinking right now? Maybe a career as Duluth's Mayor? No handing of the crown this time, Donny. Jimmy flushed that away in an epic underestimation of his constituents and his opponent. Sorry libs, turn off the lights, cause Nancy, Russ and the rest of your pack of thieves have been sent packing. 

Cel-e-brate good times, come on!   

B-man

about 12 years ago

Jim, let's see your guy do something before you start gloating too much.  

My prediction is that in four years we will still have the same problems because no matter who holds the office, our interests are not considered in their decisions. 

But congratulations on the win.

HoseDragger

about 12 years ago

It truly is a Perfect Duluth Day. Adios to Oberstar.

baci

about 12 years ago

Woohoo! Fear wins! All this election proves that unrestricted money in elections + fear = regression.

Now that you guys have the keys to the trunk, quit belly aching and go get the tool box. The gas pig Hummer your dad left us was broke from the start and you haven't done anything in the last two years to fix it other than sit in the back seat pouting, asking "are we there yet?"

This has little effect on me. I'm male, white, middle class and fortunate enough to have a good job with benefits. Change one of those variables and the story would be different -- like it is for a majority of the country. I'm sorry for those who have been tele-numbed into submission, they have lost their voice.

Good luck, Comrades!

jim

about 12 years ago

Thanks B-man. I really hope your prediction is wrong and Cravaack surprises you. Just as the Dems had a chance to really do something good, now the Pubs have that same chance. We shall see. Maybe now both sides can quit the vitriol (I will if you will) and start working together. 

It's obvious that the public wants the government to slim down and quit spending money. That includes war spending, social programs and useless waste. It will be a hard pill to swallow here in the Peoples Republic of the North. Maybe term limits and responsible representation can actually get a foothold.

Danny

about 12 years ago

Don Donny Ness vs. Chip Cravaack in 2012.  Count on it.

Sam

about 12 years ago

A tea party win around here.  Who would have thunk it.  

At least Cravaack showed class and didn't encourage his followers to interrupt Oberstar at the debate.  Oh... Wait... nevermind.

funkenschutz

about 12 years ago

Comment threads on virtually every website I have looked at this morning (including this one) are rife with juvenile taunting by folks whose candidates won last night.  This is why I try to stay out of politics.  It's the same every election. In the end, the people we send to Washington every two years are not going to make any tangible difference to our quality of life (unless they send us to war).  We are the difference makers.  To the vocal GOP constituents: Please continue gloating and name-calling. Your classy and thought-provoking arguments are helpful.

Hot Shot

about 12 years ago

You stay classy, Tea Party. It's the equivalent of the team who wins a football game by 40 points and goes on a tirade after. There's no "good game" handshake, just "We're number one!" chants.

Sam

about 12 years ago

The politicians and government can and do make a "tangible difference."  There is a consensus that deregulation and lack of oversight significantly contributed to the Great Recession.  Many of these lack of regulation policies were thought insane by Dems and Republicans not too long ago, but then a new breed of Republican thought that any government in business was bad.  This nearly brought down the world economy, including our economy here in MN.

Also, it is government policy that led to the most inefficient health care system in the world, costing the U.S. more that $1 trillion extra a year in health care costs (more than double vs. any European country as measured by costs per person), AND the U.S. gets WORSE health outcomes across the board (even if you account for differences in lifestyle).  Our government policies toward health care (protecting big business which gives substandard care at extremely high prices)will ruin us.

Unfortunately, preventing health care reform is how the tea party that elected Cravaack got started.  So ironic!

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Bret

about 12 years ago

What Sam said.  Thanks.

funkenschutz

about 12 years ago

Yeah I guess that was a little bit over the top when I said there will be no tangible difference to our quality of life.  However, to me it has seemed for a long time that the voters are so reactionary, that whoever is in power at the moment won't be in power long enough to make any real progress toward anything.  Just wait.  Two years from now voter amnesia will strike again.  Elections like last night tend to accentuate my cynical side.

Resol

about 12 years ago

Whew, call it a thumping or a bloodbath - the Republicans and the tea party had a big win last night.  My liberal ass is quite shocked, so go ahead and gloat.

But, when you're finished gloating, please take a look at the scene around you.  Republicans won with a vague and contradictory message, but probably the one theme that came from the voters the loudest is, reduce the size of government and reduce the deficit. So are you Tea Party types ready to follow through?

So let's trim back this bloated government, as a progressive I'll help with some ideas to cut federal, state, and local government.

1) End the farm subsidies. Why does the government pick up half the cost of growing corn and soybeans for processed food?  Let's stop dumping money down this hole, and while we're at it ...

2) End the mandates and subsidies for ethanol

3) Repeal the Patriot Act.  This bipartisan behemoth subverted the bill of rights.  So how about this, a coalition of libertarians and liberals can stand up and demand this bill is repealed so whoever is running government our civil rights will be protected.

4) End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (We sure can't afford them).

5) Legalize marijuana. The war on this plant is the height of big government arrogance.

6) Cut off the money gusher for duplicative and ineffective national intelligence albatross.  As the Washington Post series illustrated, it doesn't make us any safer when 2,200 agencies are crawling all over each other getting in the way.

7) Roll back the police state. Our communities are being overrun by paramilitary style police.

8)Put a freeze on road/highway/sewer infrastructure expansion.  Just maintaining the roads we already have will take a lot more funding then our non-indexed gas tax can keep up with, we cannot afford to continue to subsidize suburban sprawl.

9) Let the Bush tax cuts expire.  If the concern is really the deficit, this is a no-brainer.

10) Reduce prison populations.  End mandatory minimum sentencing; treat the mentally ill rather than punishing them; end the failed drug war.

If there is now a mandate for reducing the deficit, let's talk about how to do it.

Claire

about 12 years ago

Wow, some seriously intelligence-challenged voters in the 8th District just threw a collective tantrum and tossed out one of the most influential and powerful members of Congress who, yes, brought home the bacon to northern Minnesota -- in favor of a Tea Party guy with absolutely no political experience. At least Jesse Ventura had been mayor of a Minny city before running for Gov.

Say bye-bye to jobs, northern Minnesota. I predict Congressman Cow Chip is going to crash and burn. Or do absolutely nothing.

I guess some people were fooled by the empty slogans and shallow platitudes and thus projected their wishes upon someone who really is an unknown quantity. Happens all the time. What makes it even sadder is that this is going to affect all of our lives.

Danny

about 12 years ago

Who is happiest this morning?  The answer: Claire.  She will now have something to bitch about for the next two years.

Danny

about 12 years ago

Here's what really gets me about the whole "We've all just lost a congressman who has and would have continued to do [whatever] for this area..." argument.  It's not like the guy was going to be in there until the end of time.  He's not a vampire (despite his appearance) and he's not exactly a spring chicken, is he?  We would have "lost" him eventually anyway, right?

Thoughts?

Chad

about 12 years ago

I think that argument hinges on the fact that Oberstar supporters (myself included) probably unwisely assumed it was going to be a seamless transition from one D to the next when that time came.

Dave Sorensen

about 12 years ago

With a few exceptions, like Russ Feingold (who cast the ONLY vote against the Patriot Act), the Democrats have betrayed their former constituency and sided with the corporate state. I don't pity most of them who lost. 

I do regret the mainstream narrative we will now have to listen to; that the United States had veered "too far left." Again, with a few exceptions, there is no left in Washington. Just corporatist Democrats and corporatist Republicans. They both wage illegal wars, outsource jobs and redistribute wealth upward. 

I'm sure the "less gummint" bunch who were elected will immediately begin to shrink our big-government military. And I'm sure those who tugged at the libertarian heartstrings will now do away with the domestic security state. Not! 

Recommended reading: Chris Hedges' The Death of the Liberal Class.

SlingFade

about 12 years ago

Claire: Grandpa Jimmy wasn't going to be sending bacon this way anyhow -- he would've lost his chairmanship in the House.  

This is a huge win for northeastern Minnesota.  Instead of Oberstar sending tax dollars up here to fund government expansionism, we might actually attract some significant private enterprise.  And with any luck, the Pipe Dream Express train to MSP will die an appropriate death on the budget-cutting room floor.

And even though Dayton will probably win, at least the Repubs swiped both houses at the state level.  That should keep Richie Rich from jacking taxes on earners while keeping taxes low on his inheritance.

Sam

about 12 years ago

Nice personal attack.  Stay classy, Danny!

The Friendly Old Knifey

about 12 years ago

I think it's possible that even some Democrats used the strength of Cravaack's campaign to see a Washington "lifer" get voted out. I'm not thrilled with the outcome, but it could be an opportunity to see some new blood representing our area.

I really do hope that, all bickering aside, each winner will try to do what is best for his/her constituents. Unfortunately, everybody will disagree as to what this means.

jim

about 12 years ago

@Resol- 
1-5- I agree, with some tweaks.

6- I kind of agree, but I feel that our intelligence has done a good job of curbing the flow of crazy Muslims trying to become martyrs on our soil.

7-Disagree. Where do you live? The metermaids downtown aren't spying on you.

8,9- Disagree.

10- Get real with the drug laws and beef up the penalties against rapists, murderers and child molesters.

There. Concessions all around. The spirit is already moving me like a political enema.

Claire

about 12 years ago

Truth hurts, doesn't it, Jim? I'm not angry and bitter -- I'm actually interested in seeing how this plays out. It's like Cravaack and his supporters are the dogs who chased a car -- and now you've actually caught it, you and he have absolutely no idea what to do now. 

And I don't appreciate your many rants, but I am not going to try to deny you your Constitutional right to complain about everyone else who disagrees with you or is different in any way from you.

Danny

about 12 years ago

That was the first time I have ever read a comment from Claire that wasn't insane.  C, you feeling ok?

jim

about 12 years ago

Claire, the truth is that we are now in a new era of cooperation and parity. I'm fine with that, and I'm asking you to do the same. It's time to do away with all of the poop references and anger. Let's all try and get along to work toward a better tomorrow!

Savage

about 12 years ago

Go Chip!! Sure hope nobody had their "feelings" hurt last night. Now if we just eliminate Mr Inheritance/tax and spend Mark Dayton we'll be on the right track. I don't believe I should be penalized for being successful in the way of ridiculous tax rates. I've worked my ass off for everything I have. 

Jim, you're not alone here!

Claire

about 12 years ago

Hey, I know! Let's talk about the results of a race we can all agree on: Frank Jewell's victory over Dennis Fink! What a blowout. I think I would have lost all faith in humanity if it'd been at all a close race. I think the county commissioners have been served with a mandate:

Don't harass county employees and don't spend taxpayers dollars on expensive hotel rooms and sexual aids.

Danny

about 12 years ago

She must be feeling better.

jim

about 12 years ago

Fink spent county money on sexual aids? That's a bold statement. The election was a blowout, but obviously Fink suffered from the same malaise as Mr. Oberstar. I wish the best for Mr. Jewell. I think a turn over on the board will do us all good. Mrs. Sweeney, your table is ready!

Claire

about 12 years ago

Jim, you must not have been paying attention if you didn't know that Mr. Fink submitted receipts to his secretary for a porn movie and KY Jelly after returning from a business trip. It was one of several claims in her lawsuit against him for sexual harassment. If you want more information, check out We are Watching's website.

Jadiaz

about 12 years ago

Oberstar got what he deserved!

Piglet

about 12 years ago

I hadn't heard about the KY jelly. LMAO! Can you hear the MasterCard announcer dude saying "$3 for KY jelly on your T&E report at work, priceless."

Claire

about 12 years ago

Commissioners are not required to submit invoices for meals and entertainment, they have a per diem. So, his submitting receipts for these items indeed constituted harassment of his secretary and I suggest you read the full account on We Are Watching's website. Just Google it.

vicarious

about 12 years ago

There may be some pertinent information on the "We Are Watching" website, but it's 1997-era frames-based layout makes it unbearable to peruse.

WordPress, people! WordPress!

zra

about 12 years ago

Tea Party caucus member Michele Bachmann's presence at a big GOP election function yammering on and on about the finer points of the Republican victories proved what I've been saying for the last year: that the Tea Party isn't a political entity in and of itself, but the radical arm of the GOP.

spy1

about 12 years ago

I want that train. It's the thing I lamented the most last night. As someone who has lived in the counties between the TC and Duluth, it would be a boon to them, a real stimulas to makes some dying places like Hinckley or Sandstone vibrant and a place for people to live on the cheap. If nothing else, get something as far as the line going to St. Cloud. There are plenty of riders in the No. Subs. Ask Chip. I don't recall Bachman campaigning to get get rid of the NorthStar line in her district.

I hear that Chip won't be doing earmarks, pork, whatever. I don't really get it. Is the $1,780 for new fire hoses at the township department going to be a bill that stands on its own. I'm afraid it'll be one logjam if all bills have to pass on their own merit.

jim

about 12 years ago

See Zra, here in lies the problem. You say Barbara, I say Barney. Your party, in many peoples' opinion, is every bit as radical as the Tea Party, if not more. You may not think so, but millions and millions of hard working Americans do. Let it go -- it's over.

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

David Stockman, Ronald Reagan's budget director, once preached tax cuts. He's now in favor of putting a one-time surtax on the rich.

Check out the story from 60 Minutes. It's kind of fun to watch wealthy people squirm as they attempt to explain how their businesses will be negatively affected by an increase in their personal income taxes.

On Tuesday, Washington voters rejected the proposed state income tax on its top 1 percent of earners.

t

about 12 years ago

Jim's right. The Tea Party is over. After a couple of years of shouting, birtherism, belligerence, bleating, and gloriously displayed ignorance and paranoia to rival "Coast to Coast am," they've elbowed their way into office via organized confusion and mass propaganda, and it won't be long until they start disappointing all their supporters when they aren't able to dismantle the federal government piece by piece.

The only thing is, no one who won an election last night did it under the "Tea Party" label. Every one of those bastards did so as republicans. 

Rebranding: it's not just for corporations.

zra

about 12 years ago

You very well might be right, Jim. But ... as "t" pointed out, none of the "Tea Party" candidates won with a "T" behind their name.

Michele Bachmann, who is (was) the Tea Party Caucus still identifies with the Republican Party.

I'm just calling a spade for what it really is.

I do have to correct you one one issue though: I don't identify with any specific political faction. To wit: I don't have a "party." I vote for the people I feel will best represent my interests. Nutjobs exist on both fronts. I try to stay clear of all of them.

Gary

about 12 years ago

It's important to look at the changing demographics of the 8th Congressional District as a factor in the Oberstar defeat.  Although I haven't been able to find hard numbers on the Secretary of State's website yet, but I'd hypothesize that a greater proportion of Cravaack supporters would be found towards the southern portion of our district, near the north metro.  This likely tipped the scale in his favor over our Northern boy Oberstar.  As the metro population machine continues to expand northward I think we will be seeing more of our elections affected in this manner.

jim

about 12 years ago

Zra, me also. But if you are honest, your beliefs would align more with the DFL, much as mine with the GOP. I too, vote with my gut. On Tuesday for example, I voted for David Dill and Tom Bakk. Both longtime DFLers, but both are fairly non-partisan. Both ethical, in my opinion, and are both reasonable in their support for their constituents without being spending crazy. I've never sent a dime to either party, but I have supported both sides of the fence. 

As far as the Tea Party, my view is that it is an attitude, not a membership. Call them Constitutionalists. Lov 'em or hate 'em, contrary to t's opinion, they are players, and good people who will continue to influence our nations politics -- and for the better, I believe. Sorry you don't feel the same way t. I'm excited that people are stepping up and wearing their beliefs on their sleeves. That wasn't the way it was 10 years ago, and I would think that people like you would be grateful that you now know who the "bastards" are. 

And to be clear, it's not to dismantle, it's to remodel. If Tuesday is any indication, the drop cloth is on the floor, the corners are taped, and the first coat of fresh paint is going on.

Claire

about 12 years ago

Gary's right, I think. If you look at the election results, it's the southern and western parts of the district that went for Cravaack, St. Louis County went for Oberstar, but less so than in the past. 

I was a "poll challenger" Tuesday at Precinct #11 in Kenwood. The GOP "challenger" asked me how far I'd driven. I looked at him in surprise, and said, a few blocks, maybe a mile. He told me he'd driven from *North Branch* to Duluth. He told me that CC "knows more people" down there b/c he lives in the southern part of the district, and some of the challengers in Duluth Tuesday were CC's people from elsewhere. The other GOP operative who relieved the first guy at the lunch hour was from the Twin Cities.

On a related note, the DNT talked to CC, who promises to do nothing for his constituents, except to try to take things away that would benefit us here and  throughout the entire region, notably the NLX train, the new terminal at DLH, the extension of the Munger Trail.

Claire

about 12 years ago

PS -- I'd just like to repeat an old adage for those who voted for change in the 8th District Tuesday: be careful what you wish for; you might just get it.

Jim

about 12 years ago

"St. Louis County went for Oberstar, but less so than in the past." 

Much less Claire. 63% versus high 70s in the past. Redistricting of the 8th gave Mr. Cravaack some inroads to the cities populace which helped too.

Cravaack defeats Oberstar in 8th District race

hbh1

about 12 years ago

Wait a minute. Who uses KY jelly to buff the dolphin? That stuff dries out way too fast. So either he takes like 2 minutes or he's doing things that give me nightmares (in his case).

Also. I will take small pleasure in watching the Tea Partiers experience what happens when their buddies go to Washington -- co-opted by the same corporate forces that kill everyone's will to live.

Terry G.

about 12 years ago

I also thought Cravaack's comments in today's (Nov. 4) DNT were disheartening. I hope he changes his mind about some of the great strides in transportation and infrastructure in this region by Oberstar. Economic development depends on these unsexy things and to belittle them, as Cravaack did, shows a lack of commitment to the area and a good degree of naivete. The benefits FAR outweigh the costs.

Danny

about 12 years ago

I would be curious to see what everyone's opinions are on what will happen in the next two years.  What about Don Donny running against Cravaack?  And don't we have a mayoral election in a year?  It will be interesting to see if a future congressional run will be a factor in Don Donny's apparent re-election bid.

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

Don Ness told the Duluth News Tribune yesterday:

"I am not running for Congress. That has been my consistent answer for the past eight years. I've said it over and over again. I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2012."
So, if he runs, it would certainly be fair to rub that quote in his face. But for now I think it pretty much kills any speculation that he's planning on it.

Danny

about 12 years ago

Yeah, I read that.  But I don't put much stock in it.  How easy would it be to say something like "The pressure was just too high for me to run.  I had to answer the call"?  Or possibly his friend Jim Oberstar personally asking him to run?

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