Much ado was made in the media of President Trump's September tweet supporting the Republican endorsed in Minnesota Seventh Congressional District.
Apparently, the fallout from the attention didn't just help the rightward anointed one, Deb Gau reports in the Marshall Independent story, DFL candidates note increased interest in campaigns:
Area DFL supporters were dedicated enough to draw a crowd to Justice Park on Saturday for a tailgate cookout on what turned out to be a chilly afternoon. The event brought together DFL candidates for state and national offices. U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson made an appearance and gave an update on both his work on the Farm Bill and the District 7 Congressional race.
Peterson said the race in CD 7, where he is going up against Republican candidate Dave Hughes, has taken some interesting turns. In September, President Donald Trump tweeted an endorsement of Hughes against “Pelosi Liberal Puppet Petterson (sic).”
However, after the president’s tweet, Peterson said, he started getting campaign donations. He joked, “I’m trying to figure out how to get Trump to tweet again.”
“This is a tough district” for Democrats, Peterson said of CD 7. He’s representing an area that is strongly Republican. But at the same time, he said, “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm on the Democratic side,” and some good turnouts at party events. Although the race isn’t going to be easy, he said it’s possible “we have the wind at our back this time, instead of the wind in our face.”
Should the President draw attention to the race again, let's hope he learns to spell a good Minnesotan name like Peterson. At MinnPost, Sam Brodey noticed another error in the tweet:
Peterson, who has been in Congress since 1991 and is the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee — a big deal in this ag-heavy district — is one of the last true moderate Blue Dog Democrats, and as formidable an incumbent as they come. Trump branded him “Pelosi Liberal Puppet Petterson” in his tweet, which… well, you can say a lot about Peterson, but the idea he’s a puppet for Pelosi is laughable. (He routinely makes liberals tear their hair out; per GovTrack, Peterson is a more reliable vote for Republicans than several dozen… Republicans.)
Photo (left to right): DFL candidates Tom Wyatt-Yerka, Congressman Collin Peterson and Maxwell Kaufman. Via twitter.
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