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Press Release: Stauber Recognized for Strong Support of 2nd Amendment

NRA Endorses Pete Stauber for His “A” Rating in Congress

Pete Stauber speaking tonight at a 2nd Amendment rally at the Old Vermilion Trail Hunting Preserve in Duluth

HERMANTOWN – Recognizing a lifetime devoted to supporting and defending the 2nd Amendment, the NRA Political Victory Fund endorsed Pete Stauber for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District race. 

“As a retired law enforcement officer and a victim of two violent gun crimes, I am committed to protecting the 2nd Amendment, which guarantees the right of individual, law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” said Stauber, a lifelong hunter who served 22 years in the Duluth Police Department. “In Congress, I am fighting any attempts to weaken the constitutional right of individual, law-abiding citizens to protect their families and defend their homes.”

In Minnesota, the NRA has a bipartisan record of congressional endorsements in the 2020 elections. Stauber’s “A” letter grade means that Pete is a “solidly pro-gun candidate,” according to the NRA. Stauber is “a candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”

Stauber’s Democrat opponent, Quinn Nystrom, refused to answer the NRA questionnaire and received a “question-mark” rating, which according to the NRA, “often indicates indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights.” The hostility toward the 2nd Amendment is nothing new for an 8th District DFL member like Nystrom. A DFL CD-8 member two years ago called the NRA a “terrorist” organization.

“Our 2nd Amendment freedoms are under attack in Minnesota and across the country,” said Stauber. “It’s an honor to receive the support of the NRA and law-abiding gun-owners from all political persuasions across our part of Minnesota because they know I will continue fighting for our liberties and freedoms.”

 

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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

Labor and Business Lining Up Behind Republican: In his first term to Congress, Pete has been leading efforts to get our economy moving again and get people back to work. An independent voice in Congress, Pete 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 also 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

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.