MN 7th District representative Collin Peterson – generally regarded as a bit of a blue dog, representing a socially-conservative but farm-bill-money-hungry district – lost his long-time endorsement from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for LIfe, the state’s main pro-life group over his flip on Obamacare.
And he’s done something that’s suicide for most politicians; he’s actually said what he believes, in a video recorded at Concordia College in Moorhead of a conversation between him and a pro-life student:
In the video, Peterson, speaking to Concordia junior Kate Engstrom after posing for what he believed was a photo with her, says the MCCL is “being a bunch of extremists” and the group’s stance on the Affordable Care Act is “the end of them as an organization.”
“They’re now a completely partisan organization,” he said in the video, in response to Engstrom’s questions about the MCCL’s endorsement decision. “When you get into that position, you’re done.”
Oh, yeah – remember when Jim Oberstar referred to his detractors as a “flat earth society?”
Peterson had a similar moment; he apparently believes his pro-life constituents are teh loosers and dummeys: :
He also said: “The only place it (the dropped endorsement) got reported is on MPR, and those people don’t listen to MPR.”
Further evidence of the same exact phenemonon that got Jim Oberstar tossed two years ago; he acts one way when he’s out and about in his districit – but when he thinks he’s among friends, or back in DC (or when he just loses control, as Oberstar did), he turns into Mr. Hyde.
Ms. Engstrom – who I believe I have actually met – would have a bright future as a reporter, if news organizations actually hired reporters rather than DFL stenographers (I’ll add a bit of emphasis):
Engstrom, 20, made the video with a friend. She said she approached Peterson after the event on campus featuring a handful of Democrats because she wanted to speak to him about the lack of the MCCL endorsement… ”I knew that Collin would probably not respond or tell me his actual thoughts on it if he knew it was on camera,” said Engstrom, a political science student who describes herself as a Republican. “I just thought it was really important that people would know the truth of what Collin Peterson thinks.”
And Engstrom gets the “Mr Hyde” bit too:
She said she believes Peterson assumed she was a Democrat, “so he felt like he could say whatever he wanted.”
She said she found the remarks insulting.
“It made it sound like we were some sort of weird extremists,” said Engstrom, who opposes abortion. “He always claims that he’s a moderate, and in my eyes he’s not really a moderate.”
If you live in the 7th CD, you know that Collin Peterson has been the unassailable blue-dog giant for a generation, now.
But if there were ever a time to dig deep and give of your time and money to support Lee Byberg, this is it.
Because you’re not “extremists”, and you deserve to be represented by someone who knows it.