Bluestem Prairie is in deep mourning tonight, since Representative Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) has decided to refrain from challenging Tim Walz for the seat in Minnesota's First Congressional District.
The Pioneer Press's David Montgomery reports in Cornish picks safe legislative seat over Walz challenge:
Seven-term state Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center, ruled out a run for Congress against Democratic Rep. Tim Walz Wednesday morning.
Cornish, the chair of the House’s public safety committee, considered a run carefully, going to far as to talk to potential political directors for the run against Walz. But ultimately he decided the risk wasn’t worth it. . . .
Cornish’s announcement comes one day after Walz’s 2014 opponent, Jim Hagedorn, announced a bid for a rematch.
Cornish said he wasn’t yet endorsing Hagedorn, but would wait to see who else entered the race.
“I’m not… committing my support to him or anybody else until I see the whole field,” Cornish said.
Well then. That's a bit different for Cornish than the situation in 2014. As Bluestem reported in Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, two GOP primary challengers attend tasteful winery fundraiser:
Jim Hagedorn (Running for Congress) Dave Kruse (Running for House of Representatives) Kurt Daudt (House Minority Leader) Holly Schlingman of the Band, Bobby Patrick (House Leadership) Marty Siefert (Running for Governor).
Cornish was perfectly fine cavorting with Hagedorn before the 2014 primary, at a time when Aaron Miller was the endorsed candidate for MN01.
Photo: Tony Cornish's famous tiny handcuffs. Perhaps he'd need a bigger pair for Congress.
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