March 08, 2005

Blah, District Four Style

Betty McCollum, my "representative" in Congress, bowed out of the Senate race.

Unfortunately, it wasn't accompanied by a retirement from politics.

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said Monday that she will not run for Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat in 2006 but that she will seek a fourth term to the U.S. House.

McCollum, who represents Minnesota's Fourth District, had been considering a Senate bid after Democratic Sen. Mark Dayton announced last month that he would not run for a second term next year.

"After much personal reflection I have decided to continue serving my Fourth District constituents and fighting for Minnesota families in Congress," she said in a statement.

She added: "In the future I will likely explore other political opportunities, but for now I have a job that I love."

McCollum, 50, made her announcement only three days after another House member -- Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht -- said he would not run.

McCollum is a rising star in national Democratic circles; she has the potential to be the Barbara Boxer of the House.

Posted by Mitch at March 8, 2005 07:41 AM | TrackBack

Betty might not have it as easy as she thinks in 2006; her Republican opponents include a guy named Obi (I forgot his last name. Sorry, Obi), who is a Somali immigrant, extremely bright and is quite well spoken.

Posted by: Just Me at March 8, 2005 08:25 AM

She is going to have to step it up if she wants to be the Barbara Boxer of the House. I have never heard of her. She has to be more visible. Perhaps you can provide some evidence that she is a contender.

Posted by: Ralph at March 8, 2005 05:04 PM

Yea...another congressional embarassment from Minnesota, just like Boshwitz, Dayton, and that guy that srubs the floor at the local Walmart.

Posted by: Marty at March 8, 2005 06:37 PM
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