The Newberger watchers at City Pages picked up on the endorsed Republican Senate candidate's "no go zone" statement in Detroit Lakes in GOP candidate Jim Newberger ready to protect Minnesota from Muslim control. Bluestem's take is found in Newberger campaigns for Senate by evoking imaginary no-go zone in Dearborn MI.
Newberger provides plenty of fodder for cheeky journalists and bloggers. On the day DL Online posted the article from which the "no-go zone" remarks appear, the Fergus Falls Journal reported in Newberger offers new perspective:
Responding to what sets him apart from his other primary challengers, Newberger reflected on his experiences saying, “I want to let folks know that I am a blue-collar guy. I really am. I have been all of my life. I’ve worked 20 years as a paramedic. Down in the metro I worked at a Level 1 trauma center. I am also a current state representative. I serve in the Minnesota house. I am in my third term… I am a conservative person both fiscally and socially.”
Describing himself Newberger stated that, “I’m a traditional guy. I have been married for 28 years. I’ve got three daughters they are all in their 20s. I went to Moorhead State and I graduated in my senior year from St. Cloud State. I have been in the house now for six years. I am very in touch with rural Minnesota because the house district I represent, I have 19 townships. I’ve been really plugged into the rural and agricultural issues since day one.”
Blue collar work, college education. As for his district, two of the three counties he represents are considered by House Republicans to be metro, as we noted in The funny thing about the "metro" and "rural" split for Minnesota school safety bonding funds.
More recently, WCCO CBS Minnesota reported in Several Minnesota Republicans Remain Silent As Both Sides Rip Trump’s Summit Remarks:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a strong Trump supporter, called the president’s remarks “the worst mistake of his presidency.” . . .
Minnesota political leaders are mirroring the divide at the national level, with some — but not all — Republicans criticizing the president, even after he walked back his statements on Tuesday.
Democrats, as a whole, are strongly condemning the president for his initial comments, in which he indicated that he did not believe the findings of U.S. agencies.
Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen offered a scathing assessment on Twitter, writing: “President Trump’s in Helsinki was embarrassing. An American President taking the side of a Russian dictator over American intelligence agencies is dangerous.”
Paulsen is also not convinced by the president’s saying that he misspoke.
“The bottom line: Russia is not our ally,” he said. “They are an adversary. They need to be confronted over their hostile actions.”
The Minnesota Republican Party, however, issued a statement supporting the president and so did Republican State Rep. Jim Newberger, who is running against Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
“To me, it looks like a D.C.-centered media feeding frenzy,” he said, adding: “I think, overall, he is doing a great job and he has my support.”
Photo: Jim Newberger gets pointy,
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