The National Republican Congressional Committee announced today that it's put Republican Randy Demmer in the top tier of "Young Gun status." Demmer is challenging DFL Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District.
"Randy Demmer has proven that he's ready to take on incumbent Tim Walz, an out-of-touch Democrat who has blindly supported his party's failed agenda of job-killing policies and reckless spending," said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). "Randy's campaign is a symbol of the growing momentum behind Republican candidates in Minnesota and across the country. As Democrats and their party bosses continue to force their big-government, big-spending policies onto the backs of hard-working families, Republicans like Randy Demmer will continue to present a clear alternative to a Democrat majority that unapologetically spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much."
Demmer's promotion to the top level of "Young Gun status" is a signal that the NRCC is keeping an eye on Minnesota's 1st. But it's not a solid guarantee that it will deliver national party money on Demmer's behalf. When asked to explain what this promotion meant in real terms, NRCC spokesman Tom Erickson replied:
"It's our policy not to comment on specific strategy, but it means that this seat is most certainly "in play" as voters in southern Minnesota have grow tired of Congressman Walz's support for a reckless agenda that has driven our economy off a cliff."
For a closer look at the race in Minnesota's 1st, check out this story from MPR's Mark Zdechlik.
Update: Here's a response from Walz campaign spokeswoman Sara Severs:
"Representative Demmer may be a "young gun", but he can't shoot straight. He's a typical, career politician whose record proves he has no new ideas, only the same failed policies of the past. There is a clear choice in this campaign and we're confident southern Minnesota voters will recognize his pitiful record for what it is."
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Doesn't this announcement need to be put in context ... the Republicans now have 75 Young Guns ... so getting this acknowledgment so late in the campaign indicates to me that they were not that confident going in that this would be a wise place to spend their money.
With so many getting this rating, doesn't that indicate that the RCCC is giving a free pass to McCullom, Ellison, Oberstar ... AND Peterson ... gosh, wasn't just yesterday that the MN-GOP was floating the idea that Peterson seat was there for the taking ?
As the story stated, just being a Young Gun does not guarantee any money .... but that may not matter, since in the past the tv commercials were sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Freedom Watch.
Congressman Walz will have a tough contest ... and that should actually help get voters to the polls.
As a side note, what do you make of the Survey USA poll that indicated Dayton was leading the South ... if Dayton wins in Walz's district he will have converted Pawlenty country.