It's nearly a week old, but worth noting: the largest newspaper chain in Minnesota's sprawling Seventh District has endorsed Collin Peterson for re-election.
Forum Communications publishes papers in two border cities, Fargo and Grand Forks, and Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Alexandria, Wadena, Morris, Perham and Willmar.
The headline in the DLOnline is revealing: Nods go to Collin, McFadden. Peterson is named by his first name, and the chain is endorsing Republicans in other races. The editorial board writes:
Minnesota 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson has the distinction of incurring the ire of the unreconstructed left and the tea party right. That factor in his political resume has served him and his constituents well for more than 20 years. He should be re-elected to another two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
No one in Congress – and we mean no one – knows more about farm policy and the mechanics of farm legislation than Peterson. His district is the most rural in the state, and agriculture – from dairy barns to wheat fields – is of primary concern. He has been a champion of farmers and agribusiness all his public life, and his position on the House Agriculture Committee is vital as he continues to be an advocate for rural America.
A pro-life, gun-rights Democrat, his pragmatic and moderate conservatism is in sync with the political climate of the district. His success at the polls reflects his enduring appeal across party lines.
The congressman’s opponent, Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom, has an admirable if undistinguished record of public service. He’s tried to run an honorable campaign, but outside interests associated with his candidacy have resorted to misrepresentation and half-truths in television attack ads.
Furthermore, Westrom has not made a credible argument that Peterson should be replaced.
Seventh District voters should return Peterson to Washington so he can continue his good work for them.
Photo: Collin Peterson.
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