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Crickets from Quinn: Why is Nystrom refusing to debate in her own back yard?

Stauber campaign offers 10 new dates for Brainerd debate, yet Nystrom refuses to talk to voters


HERMANTOWN – The Pete Stauber for Congress campaign is calling on DFL candidate Quinn Nystrom to reconsider her decision to ignore voters in the western portion of the 8th congressional district by refusing to participate in the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce debate.

  • For weeks, the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber has been accommodating and attempting to find a common date for both candidates.
  • Because Congress was in session for two of the suggested dates, Stauber had to respectfully decline while continuing to express his desire and intention to schedule this debate.
  • Upon learning Nystrom would not commit to a debate in Brainerd, the Stauber campaign earlier this week offered 10 new dates in October for Nystrom to select, yet her campaign refused to consider any of the 10 debates.
  • Due to Nystrom’s unwillingness to cooperate, the Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber pulled the plug today on any debate this year in Crow Wing County, where Nystrom resides.

“Both campaigns agree this election has huge consequences which makes it befuddling and bewildering why Ms. Nystrom refuses to tell voters where she stands on the issues and is rejecting Pete’s practically open invitation to debate any time in her own back yard,” said John Eloranta, the campaign manager for Stauber for Congress. “We can only assume her refusal to debate is based on her realization that she is completely out of touch with the district she wants to represent.

“She refuses to explain why she supports a government-run health care scheme that will eliminate personal and private insurance for nearly 500,000 Minnesotans in the 8th district. She refuses to condemn her own party members who want to defund the police and are threatening to burn down our communities. And she refuses to explain why skilled workers and labor unions are lining up behind Pete Stauber and supporting his efforts to fight for our way of life.”




Quinn Nystrom Refuses to Back Our Police: Quinn Nystrom, and the DFL party, have sat silently while members of their own threaten to defund our police departments. In fact, one of their own endorsed candidates recently stormed a cul-de-sac in Hugo and threatened to burn down the Twin Cities suburb while screaming obscenities at women and children living there, and using a baseball bat to beat an effigy of a female TV reporter who is married to a police officer. The DFL endorsed candidate also promised that he was “coming for Duluth and Virginia next.”

 Quinn Nystrom Headlines Anti-mining Rally: Just days before the first in-person congressional debate in the 8th Congressional District – Monday morning in Hibbing – an announcement became public that DFL candidate Quinn Nystrom will be headlining an anti-mining rally that includes Hollywood anti-mining actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. “It’s outrageous that a congressional candidate could be so opposed to economic growth and jobs on the Iron Range and her participation in an anti-mining rally headlined by a Hollywood anti-mining radical shows just how out of touch she is,” said John Eloranta, Stauber for Congress campaign manager. Nystrom’s opposition to mining is well documented. More here.

 TV Ad: Pete released his first TV ad of the 2020 campaign earlier this month by speaking directly to voters. “Let’s face it, it’s been a tough year, but here in Minnesota, we’re pretty tough, too,” Stauber says. “We help each other, we work together, and we solve problems. That’s what I try to do every day as your Congressman.” Watch the TV ad here.

 8th District Race Rated “SOLID REPUBLICAN”: Just weeks ago, The Cook Political Report  promoted Stauber’s race from “Lean Republican” to “SOLID REPUBLICAN.” Recognizing Stauber’s record of fighting for the Minnesotans he represents and his popularity throughout the district, The Cook Political Report noted, “Once a DFL bastion, the Iron Range has turned sharply against national Democrats. Trump romped here, 54 percent to 38 percent in 2016, and is likely to win comfortably again. The Cook Report, considered the foremost expert on congressional elections, continued: “Quinn Nystrom, who was elected to the Baxter City Council at 28, faces long odds against Stauber, a former police officer and minor league hockey player.”

 Biography: Pete Stauber is in his first term representing the 8th Congressional District in U.S. Congress. Pete served 23 years in law enforcement and retired as an Area Commander in the Duluth Police Department. A small business owner and former professional hockey player in the Detroit Red Wings organization, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown. Jodi is an Iraq war veteran, who retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as the First female Command Chief in the history of the unit.