Democrat Shelley Madore announced today that she's running in the August primary against the endorsed candidate. DFL delegates in Minnesota's Second Congressional District backed Powers over Madore last weekend. Madore reportedly said she would abide by the DFL endorsement, but in an e-mail she reversed course and will challenge Powers in August.
Since my opponent received the DFL endorsement at the Second Congressional District convention, I've been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from across the district urging me to continue my race for the primary endorsement on August 10. They believe I'm in the best position to defeat John Kline in November and so do I.
I have thoroughly pondered their strong advice and after learning today how much trouble my opponent is having raising money, I have decided to place my name on the ballot. John Kline is a serious opponent and demands a candidate prepared for a serious race. Being able to raise money is one factor in determining a candidate's ability to beat an incumbent.
Powers latest fundraising report shows that his campaign is running on fumes. His report says he raised $13,144 through March 31st and has $1,462 left in the bank. The campaign also lists a $10,000 debt.
Madore also raised $
25,000 roughly $34,000 through March 31st. She reports having $12,391 on hand but reports a debt of $9596. I'm told part of the funds raised from Madore include a $9,100 loan from a supporter.
The winner of the August primary will face GOP Rep. John Kline. Kline reports having $488,000 in the bank.
Note: An earlier post misidentified the total contributions to Powers and Madore's cash on hand.
Republican Congressman John Kline told reporters this morning that he wants Republican Norm Coleman to continue his legal fight in Minnesota's long-running U.S. Senate race "until we can get as much confidence in Minnesota and in the nation that the results are accurate."
Kline also said he'd like to see the MN Supreme Court say "There isn't a winner here. We cannot declare a winner" and said he'd like to see Minnesota have runoff elections.
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Tonight, Republican Rep. John Kline defeated DFL challenger Steve Sarvi.
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Posted at 10:24 AM on October 29, 2008
by Curtis Gilbert
Filed under: Campaign 2008: U.S. MN CD2
DFL 2nd District congressional candidate Steve Sarvi is attacking his Republican opponent for supporting the $700 billion financial bailout. But his new TV ad doesn't mention that Sarvi also supported the bailout.
The ad says U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., "took $783,000 from financial interests, then paid $700 billion to bail them out."
In an Oct. 13 debate, Sarvi said he would have voted for the final bailout bill, too, albeit reluctantly.
"I would have supported the second one," Sarvi said.
Sarvi opposed an earlier draft of the bill, because it "didn't do enough for middle class." Kline voted for both versions of the bailout.
"This is a financial crisis of historic proportions," Kline said, adding that he voted for both bills "grudgingly."
"Nobody likes the idea of giving to anybody $700 billion to spend as he or she sees fit," he said.