It’s hard being a Republican in the Fourth District. The Fourth is one of those places where the DFL could nominate a set of those novelty wind-up chattering teeth and get 55% of the vote; much of the district is first-tier DFL constituencies, government workers and union labor and people who depend on government in one way or another. To be fair to the wind-up teeth, they’d be better representatives than Betty McCollum…
…but it makes it hard – some might say “mind-numbingly frustrating” – to be a GOP candidate. I’ve seen excellent candidates get into the race, throw everything they had into it, and walk away happy to have been only 15 points off the pace; in the past few bids, it’s been more like 50.
Now, I don’t believe in karma – but I do think what goes around comes around. And just to the south of the Four, the DFL gets a piece of the same medicine. They endorsed a candidate to run against John Kline. And the Strib is so underwhelmed that they couldn’t even be bothered to copy-edit the story on the subject.
Democrats chose a 45-year-old construction worker to challenge U.S. Rep. John Kline in the 2nd Congressional District.
That’s the lede. And who is this “45-year-old construction worker?”
Powers, a newcomer to the state’s political scene, defeated former state Rep. Shelley Madore, DFL-Apple Valley, at a Saturday endorsing convention in Chanhassen.
Like, Powers Boothe? Does the guy have a name? Or is he like “Prince”, a guy with a one-word name?
That’d be a slick marketing gimmick, really. Maybe Leslie Davis will try it. He’s tried everything else.
But seriously – does he have a first name? Or a last one, maybe?
Any hint in the Strib story?
“We plan on making hundreds of phone calls a day…” Powers wrote in blog post celebrating the announcement on his campaign’s home page.
…despite Democratic difficulties at the polls, Powers said the Lakeville congressman can be defeated…Powers will campaign in a GOP-leaning district that has not known Democratic victory in a decade.
Even the Strib’s picture (in the online edition):
You have to go all the way to the story’s last paragraph to learn that Powers’ name is Dan.
Now that’s lonely.