A week ago, Bluestem noted in Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson welcomes GOP pressure to seek office again:
The National Republican Congressional Committee has rented a mobile billboard on the side of a truck to schlep around Minnesota's vast Seventh Congressional District, asking residents to contact their United States Representative.
Incumbent congressman Collin Peterson welcomes the attention, telling the Marshall Independent that he views the attention as encouragement to run again.
Yesterday, Minnesota Public Radio's Brett Neely reported in Peterson says GOP efforts to push him out having the opposite effect:
This week, some GOP operatives have also been spreading rumors online that Peterson plans to purchase a condo in Florida and retire from Congress.
In an interview, Peterson, who turns 69 later this month, denied the rumors about retirement and a Florida condo and said the recent Republican efforts to push him out the door were having the opposite effect.
"I went from neutral on running again to 90 percent just because of this stupid stuff they're doing," said Peterson about the mobile signs and retirement rumors. "You can't let these people be in charge of anything, in my opinion."
In another sign that Peterson intends to run again, his campaign raised $165,000 in the first quarter of this year, in line with his past fundraising efforts.
Perhaps those people at NRCC will recruit a candidate sometime soon.
In a hilarious attempt at faux outrage, an pseudonym tries to spin Peterson's comment, "You can't let these people be in charge of anything, in my opinion" into a statement about the people of the district, rather than the NRCC and its "stupid stuff" like rumors of a condo in Florida.
Bluestem suspects Peterson would be more at home in the Missouri Ozarks near Branson. We can imagine the Second Amendments Hall of Fame already.
Photo: The Second Amendments in 2012, via the CSMonitor.
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