When it comes to Mining and Job Growth in Minnesota, MN-8 Candidate Chooses Hollywood over Iron Range
HERMANTOWN – 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 attending an anti-mining rally that headlines Hollywood anti-mining actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Nystrom, the DFL Environmental Caucus’ endorsed candidate in the 8th Congressional District, is listed among notable anti-mining candidates who will be participating next month in the Boundary Waters Action Fund event.
“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. “Pete looks forward to attending an in-person debate Monday on the Range so voters can see firsthand how he stands with them and Nystrom only stands with Hollywood radicals.”
Nystrom’s stark opposition to mining in the 8th District is well documented. Nystrom is endorsed by the DFL Environmental Caucus which “applauds that she cannot support either the PolyMet or Twin Metals projects” and highlights her declaration that “we are one earth.” Last month, when the DFL overwhelmingly adopted a resolution to ban mining, Nystrom sat silently allowing the job-killing resolution that would stifle working families on the Iron Range become part of her party’s plank.
In Congress, Pete Stauber has been fighting for our way of life and is a champion for mining. The very first bill he introduced in Congress was the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act that would complete the Polymet land exchange enabling tremendous job and economic growth to the region. Earlier this year, when an anti-mining bill was being considered in the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, Stauber invited Local 49ers business manager, Jason George, to testify before the committee to illustrate what mining means to Minnesota and its communities.
Pete has been leading efforts to get our economy moving again and get people back to work. An independent voice in Congress who works with both Republicans and Democrats, he has been a champion of small businesses and workers. Pete has recently been endorsed by pro-growth business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and he continues to rack up endorsements at a record pace from labor and workers. Already, he has been endorsed by:
- International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 49
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
- Iron Workers Union Local No. 512
- Laborers’ International Union of North America
- Minnesota Pipe Trades Association
- North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
- Teamsters Local 120
“When it comes to supporting job growth, working families, and specifically our skilled workers, these labor unions know that I have their backs on the Iron Range and throughout Minnesota,” said Stauber. “I will continue fighting for our way of life and that includes being a champion of mining projects that would ignite a blue-collar boom in our region.”
Debates: In an attempt to reach all voters across the 8th District, Stauber has called for what news reports labeled a “rigorous debate schedule” that includes the following debates with safe and responsible protocols in place for all five events:
- Monday, Sept. 28 in Hibbing: Hibbing, Laurentian, Chisholm, and Grand Rapids Chambers
- Wednesday, Oct. 7 (online): Duluth News Tribune/ Duluth Chamber of Commerce debate
- Thursday, Oct. 8 in Brainerd: Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce debate
- Date TBD in St. Paul: KSTP-TV debate
- Monday, Oct. 19 in Duluth: WDIO-TV debate
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.