The National Republican Congressional Committee is twitting 13-term Congressman Collin Peterson about his fundraising, but given his apparently lack of an opponent, the Blue Dog's confidence might not be misplaced.
Forum News Service reporter Matthew Von Pinnon writes in Rep. Peterson hits back at critics: ‘I don’t ... need to spend a nickel to get elected’:
Thirteen-term U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Friday he doesn’t need to spend money to get elected to a 14th term in 2016.
“I don’t think I’d need to spend a nickel to get elected,” the 71-year-old told The Forum Editorial Board. “I’ve never been as popular as I am now.”
Peterson, who says he’s definitely running for another term as Minnesota’s 7th District congressman, was responding to recent National Republican Congressional Committee claims that his support is weakening because he only brought in $141,000 in campaign donations in the recent reporting period.
Zach Hunter, regional press secretary for the NRCC, called Peterson’s latest fundraising quarter “anemic” and said the longtime western Minnesota Democrat should retire before being defeated.
“After yet another bad fundraising quarter, Collin Peterson simply refuses to take himself off the retirement watch list,” said the NRCC’s Hunter. “Democrats are moving left, and Peterson knows full-well that he will find himself caught between a far-left liberal at the top of the ticket and Republican voters in the 7th District.”
In the 2014 election, Peterson beat Republican challenger state Sen. Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake 54 percent to 46 percent.
We'll take Hunter at his word for understanding "anemic" fundraising, since Westrom, who was widely believed to be launched in 2014 as the strongest candidate to run against Peterson since Trix's grandmother was a pup, raised exactly $0 in the second quarter on 2015.
Photo: Minnesota Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson.
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