Allison Sherry added this opinion column – essentially, a piece of delated-PR for the Angie Craig campaign – in Monday’s Strib:
Incoming Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis made his career as a provocative talk-radio personality who seemed to relish holding court on the fringes of the political mainstream.
On any given day, he could offer up inflammatory comments about slavery or assert that unmarried women just want government to pay for their birth control.
Now Lewis faces the biggest test of his political career as he must rapidly transition from radio provocateur into a full-time member of Congress.
Sherry is a new member of the Strib’s ignominious “columnist’s row”, so it’s to be expected she’ll start her beat by reprising Angie Craig’s campaign chanting points – which the Strib considers “sources”, by the way.
Lewis seems to get it, though:
“I’m not an expert, though I played one on the radio for 20 years,” Lewis said in the basement of the Capitol complex, fidgeting with a bottle of water. “It is humbling and sobering when all of [a] sudden you see Rep. Jason Lewis on things.”
Ms. Sherry seems well fitted to follow in Nick Coleman’s steps.
In a more serious vein: why would the Strib be running what is basically a hit piece on the new Congressman, before he’s even sworn in?
Easy. Angie Craig is already fundraising for a rematch. To the DFL and Strib, the 2018 race is already underway.
CORRECTION: It seems Ms. Sherry is actually not a columnist, but one of the Strib’s reporters.
I regret the error.