In Hughes, Hinson will compete in primary to challenge Peterson, Morris Sun Tribune Kim Ukura reports:
Two Republicans will face off in a primary election to see who will face Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL) in the general election in November.
The two candidates are Dave Hughes of Karlstad, Minnesota and Amanda Lynn Hinson of Long Prairie. Hughes was endorsed by Republicans in Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District at their convention in Alexandria in April. He was selected by delegates of the 38 counties that comprise the district by a majority of 60 percent or more in the first round of balloting.
Hughes said he brings a message of "prosperity, security and integrity." He describes himself as a strict constitutional conservative who supports small government and low taxes. He also supports a "zero-for-zero" policy for agricultural trade and said foreign agriculture programs should not put U.S. farmers at a disadvantage.
Despite not earning the Republican endorsement, Hinson said she plans to continue her campaign as part of her commitment to supporters, donors and citizens of the district. Issue that are important to Hinson include balancing the budget and addressing the national debt, and cutting back on federal overreach into areas like the federal school lunch program. . . .
When we visit Hinson's website, we find this tidbit in what appears to be the press release:
One woman in history who helped form school lunch policy on the Ag Committee is Coya Knutson. She was not endorsed by the DFL party but ran in a primary and went on to become Minnesota’s first Congresswoman, serving from 1951-1955. She is remembered for the letter to the editor her then estranged husband wrote at the behest of party officials. Entitled “Coya, Come Home”, the letter is largely considered a historical example of sexism in politics.
“Everywhere I go, people ask me how I could raise my kids and run for office or serve in Washington,” Hinson said. "I have met women serving in Congress today who are effectively serving and being engaged with their families. If that question is fair game for me, it's fair to ask that of my opponent as well who has seven children of his own.”
Hinson has a point in raising the example of Coya Knutson, though a 2014 National Public Radio feature by Liz Halloran, The Congresswoman Whose Husband Called Her Home, suggests that dirty tricks, as well as sexism, played heavily in the 1958 election, in which Knutson was defeated by a Republican whose slogan was "A Big Man for A Man-Sized Job."
However, Bluestem loses sympathy for Hinson when she relates the story of securing a Russian visa for a son who was born in while she and her husband were serving as missionaries in that country. On the website and in the Alexandra Echo Press article, Hinson files for U.House 7th District:
Hinson said that similarities to her present run with her past experiences.
“My son was born in a foreign country and essentially was born an illegal alien,” Hinson recalled. “Unlike America, there are no anchor babies in Russia. Legal experts advised my family that we should leave and start over with a lengthy and costly visa process we had already achieved.”
Working with a tight budget of donor money, the Hinson family needed a solution that wouldn’t require the expense of leaving and starting over. She advocated her son’s case for several months until officials appealed to Moscow. Her son was eventually granted the necessary legal status while keeping positive relations with Russian officials and without having to leave the country.
"Anchor baby"? Really? Would it have challenged her identity as a wordsmith to describe her son's situation with the proper term, "birthright citizenship?" The word choice suggests self-righteousness blended with self-pity approaching butthurt. We begin to understand, maybe, why the Republicans selected the equally self-righteous drone commander and pilot educator on the Southern Border.
Photos: The Republican primary contenders.
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