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Quinn Nystrom’s Solution for Job Growth? “Wear Masks”

With a stated anti-mining, anti-jobs position, the DFL candidate offers no solutions for job growth and economic development



HERMANTOWN – In a head-scratching moment of the first debate in the 8th Congressional District race this morning in Hibbing, DFL candidate 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.

Today’s debate was hosted by the Hibbing, Laurentian, Chisholm, and Grand Rapids Chambers of Commerce and took place in the Hibbing Chamber office. Pete Stauber attended the debate in-person, while Nystrom took part online.

“Iron Range voters know that I have their backs and I will always show up for them,” said Stauber. “When it comes to fighting for our way of life and championing good-paying, blue-collar jobs from projects like Polymet, Twin Metals, and the Line 3 replacement, you know where I stand, and you know I have their backs at every turn.”

There is a good reason why Nystrom’s only answer for job growth and economic development was to wear a mask. Nystrom supports job-killing, outdated regulations that have stifled the Iron Range, keeping some mines closed or putting them out of business altogether. Nystrom’s record against mining projects is futile:

  • The DFL Environment Caucus – the self-described anti-mining caucus of the DFL – endorsed Nystrom because “she cannot support either the Polymet or Twin Metals projects.”
  • Nystrom’s party last month overwhelmingly passed a mining ban while she stood by silently allowing it to happen. (When the DFL rolled out a mining ban four years ago, Rick Nolan worked feverishly to stop it).
  • Nystrom is headlining an anti-mining rally next week that includes Hollywood anti-mining actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

“As we saw this morning, Ms. Nystrom is bankrupt for ideas when it comes to job creation,” said John Eloranta, campaign manager for Pete Stauber for Congress. “One candidate showed up to the Iron Range today and that was Pete Stauber, who Iron Rangers know is fighting for our way of life, fighting for mining, and fighting for working families on the Range and throughout the 8th District so they can enjoy the freedoms and opportunities our great country provides.”



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, Hibbing, and Virginia next.

Stauber Debuts TV Ad by Speaking Directly to Voters: 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.