State Rep. Randy Demmer won the 1st District endorsement on Saturday, beating out Alan Quist and two more conservative candidates.
Demmer, a four-term state representative and business owner from Hayfield, a town southwest of Rochester, vowed to paint Walz as too liberal for his southern Minnesota district.
“We know Tim Walz is working with Nancy Pelosi,” Demmer said. “He’s right there doing everything she beckons him to do.”
For all his talk in 2006 of being independent and representing his district – which ranges from rock-ribbed conservative farmers, doctors and businesspeople in the south and the Rochester area to mewling liberals in and around Mankato – Walz has been nothing but a lapdog for Nancy Pelosi (although rumors that he actually ran and fetched a stick thrown by Madame Speaker are apparently false).
Demmer beat back a challenge from longtime conservative activist Allen Quist and two other contenders, who couched their bids in even more heated rhetoric.
Demmer, 53, took eight ballots over about five hours at the convention held at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
And that’s a good sign; while I prefer the more conservative candidates in general, Demmer is no Arne Carlson; his Taxpayers League rating is 64, which could be better, but it beats Walz sitting down. And while abortion is not my litmus test issue, it does my heart proud to see that NARAL has give him a long string of zeros. Put it this way – if he wins, it’ll be like Gil Gutknecht never left. Perfect is the enemy of plenty good enough.
Downside? Walz is sitting on $600,000; Demmer has about $10K in the bank. He’s got a lot of ground to make up; even with a conservative tailwind, it’s going to be a busy year.
Any of my readers in the First – please sound off!