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Minnesota’s Statewide Newspaper Endorses Pete Stauber

 

HERMANTOWN – Highlighting his first-term successes and lauding his “willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems,” Minnesota’s statewide newspaper endorsed Pete Stauber for Congress. Stauber was the Star Tribune’s first Republican congressional candidate endorsed in 2020.

“When he sought the Star Tribune Editorial Board’s endorsement in his first bid for Congress in 2018, Republican Pete Stauber’s public service background included a career as a Duluth police officer and stints on the St. Louis County Board and Hermantown City Council.

Stauber impressed the board as a quick study who wouldn’t hesitate to work with Democrats on common-ground issues faced by residents of Minnesota’s sprawling Eighth Congressional District. “We don’t need a red playbook or a blue playbook,” he told the board two years ago.

Stauber also deserves credit for his work with Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., on a bill to address inadequate federal funding for special education. And he’s joined Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., on the House Problem Solvers Caucus, whose 50 members from both parties try to find areas of agreement on critical issues.

“Stauber, 54, won the seat in 2018 when Democrat Rick Nolan decided not to run for re-election, becoming only the second Republican to represent the Eighth in 70 years. He’s earned another opportunity to represent the district using a playbook that’s neither all red nor all blue.

Read the entire endorsement here.

Currently in his first term in Congress, Pete is attempting to become the first Republican to win re-election in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since William Pittenger did in the 1940s.

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Stauber’s Latest TV Ad – Fighting for Us: Highlighting his independent voice and illustrating his record of fighting for all Minnesotans to get our economy moving again, Pete Stauber released his latest TV ad that will be seen across the 8th District. Erik Skoog, Recording Secretary of the Teamsters Local 320, is featured in the new ad. Stauber has been endorsed by the Teamsters as well as numerous unions. “I support Pete Stauber because Pete Stauber has working men and women’s backs,” Skoog says. “Pete Stauber is there for us when the rubber meets the road.” Watch here.

Quinn Nystrom Speechless on Job Creation: During a debate on October 7th in Duluth, Quinn Nystrom was left speechless when asked about job creation. When asked about promoting mining and job growth in northern Minnesota, Nystrom was asked if she had a response: “Umm, nothing more,” Nystrom said. More here.

Quinn Nystrom’s Solution for Job Growth? “Wear masks”: In a head-scratching moment of the first debate in the 8th Congressional District on September 25th in Hibbing, Quinn Nystrom’s answer for job creation and economic development in St. Louis County was to wear masks. “Unless we take [wearing masks] seriously… we can’t get our economy up and running,” Nystrom said. “Ms. Nystrom is bankrupt for ideas when it comes to job creation,” said John Eloranta, campaign manager for Stauber for Congress. More here.

Quinn Nystrom Caught Insulting Hearing Impaired: Stauber, who suffered hearing loss after 23 years of serving as a police officer, wears a hearing aid. Nystrom took to Twitter on September 25th making fun of Stauber’s hearing impairment. More here.

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 and burn down our communities. 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, Hibbing, and Virginia next.

8th District Race Rated “SOLID REPUBLICAN”: The Cook Political Report recently 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.