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Statement: Stauber Welcomes Vice President to Minnesota

“We can’t allow our country to get hijacked by those who want to abolish our police”


HERMANTOWN – Pete Stauber is welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to Minnesota today for a visit to show law enforcement the administration stands strongly with them and appreciates their efforts to keep our communities safe.

“As a 23-year police officer, it’s extremely concerning that once again peaceful protests have turned into riots, chaos, looting, and lawlessness and now many Minnesota Democrats are calling to defund our police,” said Stauber, who served in law enforcement for 23 years. “We can’t allow our country to get hijacked by those who want to abolish our police and I am pleased the Vice President is in Minnesota today showing he and the President have our law enforcement’s backs. No one should be allowed to destroy small businesses, tear down statues, and burn police precincts to the ground and we need to stand with our police and sheriffs to let them know that’s not the society we want to be.”

Stauber has devoted his life to public safety and was recently endorsed by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association. “A vote for Congressman Stauber is a vote for safety in our communities from someone who understands police issues first hand,” said Brian Peters of the MPPOA. Stauber is also endorsed by the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police.

Meanwhile, Stauber’s opponent – Quinn Nystrom – and the DFL party have sat silently while 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 image of a female TV reporter who is married to a police officer. The DFL endorsed candidate also promised to burn down Duluth and Virginia.

When asked yesterday if he would withdraw his endorsement of the DFL candidate who made terroristic threats, Gov. Tim Walz responded saying he would have to “sit down and figure this out.” “Minnesotans in the 8th district are asking if Quinn Nystrom needs to ‘figure things out’, too,” said Stauber for Congress campaign manager John Eloranta. “She should denounce this lawless behavior, condemn the threats to defund our police, and soundly reject her candidate’s declaration that they’re coming for Duluth and Virginia.”




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.

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.