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Nov 19, 2012


Phoenix Woman

This caught my eye:

-- Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and John Kline (R-Minn.) are two early mentions for the race.

“I'd put Congressmen Paulsen and Kline at the top of the list, they'd both be very strong candidates,” said Brian McClung, who served as former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s (R) deputy chief of staff. --

In this case, I presume "very strong" means "come from what are currently the two safest CDs for Republican candidates", the idea being that kicking either of these gents upstairs won't allow the district to fall into Democratic hands. (Note the absence of the names of Bachmann and Cravaack, the Tea Party's darlings, from McClung's list of "very strong" candidates. Bachmann barely got enough of a margin to avoid a recount, and Cravaack lost his reelection fight by nine points.)

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