A report in the Rochester Post Bulletin suggests the ALEC zombie legislator Steve Drazkowski won't say no yet to prodding by fellow Republicans to run for Congress against three term congressman Tim Walz.
It's unclear from the reports whether those are the same Republicans who drew the redistricting lines so that The Draz would live in John Kline's turf should the plan be adopted. Politics in Minnesota reports:
Drazkowski noted that the still-pending redistricting process is deterring possible Republican contenders from committing. Under a plan crafted by Republicans last session, Drazkowski’s hometown of Mazeppa would actually land in the 2nd Congressional District, pitting him against congressman and fellow Republican John Kline.
The Tea Party's favorite reporter, Heather Carlson, is back from maternity leave and hitting it out of the park with Drazkowski not ruling out run against Walz:
Drazkowski said several people have asked him to consider running against the three-term congressman.
"I haven't ruled it out, but I am not pursuing it at this point," he said.
Carlson reports that failed burrito and Republican party chair Tony Sutton is swooning over the possibility:
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton said he believes Drazkowski would be a strong candidate.
"Drazkowski would be a great candidate. I think he has the ability to raise money, I think he has the ability to motivate activists and grassroots people and I think in this environment he is the kind of person people would be looking for," Sutton said.
Readers of Bluestem can certainly assess how reliable Sutton's acumen with regard to fundraising, what with the party debts, FEC fines, failed fast casual faux Latino franchises and all.
The Carlson's article only includes Draz's positions on hot-button issues that would rally the GOP (and her own devoted readership among the Rochester Tea Party Patriots), thus leaving out the examples of his true legislative genius, like proposals to cut down black walnut trees in state parks and repealing the Pay Equity Act, which makes sure local governments don't pay men more than women for the same work.
Nor does Bluestem expect her to take on the hard math that Minnpost's Beth Hawkins masters in Accounting trick explains Minnesota schools' so-called 'windfall', in which Draz's opposition to local school levies is revealed as the fiscal fraud that it is.
In Drazkowski considering a run against Walz, Briana Bierschbach reports:
Drazkowski is not the only legislator who may be eying Walz’s seat. At a recent press conference about veteran’s funding, GOP Sen. Mike Parry dodged a question about a possible run in the district, and GOP Sen. Julie Rosen’s name is also in the mix, according to the Post Bulletin.
Carlson reports that Walz shrugged at the news, noting that the Republicans have their process, while he has a job to do.
Bluestem is torn over whether a bid by the Emo Senator Mike Parry or one by Draz would make the best copy. We suspect our inner Catullus would be fed by either, but we'd go all Edward Morrow if it's Rosen.
Image: Tild's Chocolate Zombie Bunny Draz.