Former Republican Sen. Dave Durenberger endorsed two-term 1st District DFL Congressman Tim Walz at a news conference this afternoon in Rochester.
"Tim Walz knows how to put partisan politics aside and get the job done. He listens, and he brings people together to solve the challenges we face," Durenberger said. "I support Tim because we need more representatives in Washington who approach problem solving like Tim does."
Republicans are hoping Rep. Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield, will be able to pick off Walz. They're targeting the race and say they see big opportunity in the 1st District, which has traditionally leaned toward the GOP.
In addition to endorsing Walz, months ago Durenberger endorsed the IP's candidate for governor Tom Horner. Horner served as Durenberger's spokesman and his chief of staff when Durenberger was in the Senate.
What's up in MN? Last Tuesday, Gov. Arne Carlson (R) endorses Audrey Britton (D) for State House. Less than a week later, US Sen David Durenberger (R) endorses Tim Walz (D) for US Congress. Pattern?