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Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:46 PM

Ex-WCCO anchor Don Shelby (Democrat) mulling run for Congress



Former WCCO news anchor Don Shelby is reportedly mulling a run against three-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen next year, potentially putting in play a suburban Minneapolis congressional district that has been in Republican hands for decades.

Shelby’s interest burst into the open amid remarks by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who mentioned it at a Washington fundraiser Wednesday attended by about 30 or 40 campaign contributors, lobbyists and Democratic activists.

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Democrats have been tight-lipped about Shelby’s possible entry into the race, but they made clear Thursday that they would welcome a respected Twin Cities figure with almost universal name recognition across the state.

“I don’t know if he’s in or not,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “If he is considering his options, I don’t think there’s any question that he’d be a very strong candidate against Congressman Paulsen. The fact is, if he gets in the race, it [the district] would become an immediate target for Democrats, not only in this state, but around the country.”


More: http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/216976041.html

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Reply Ex-WCCO anchor Don Shelby (Democrat) mulling run for Congress (Original post)
mzmolly Jul 2013 OP
chillfactor Jul 2013 #1
Jenoch Jul 2013 #2
mzmolly Jul 2013 #3
Jenoch Jul 2013 #6
mzmolly Jul 2013 #4
CatholicEdHead Jul 2013 #5
dflprincess Jul 2013 #7
mzmolly Jul 2013 #9
mzmolly Jul 2013 #8
glinda Jul 2013 #10
geardaddy Aug 2013 #11

Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 08:53 PM

1. I would love to see Shelby run....

I was born. raised, educated, and worked in Minnesota until I retired. WCCO was always my mainstay for the news and I loved Shelby...I had no idea he was a Democrat!

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 09:15 PM

2. I have known he was a Democrat

 

for many years. He has supported liberal causes quietly for many years.

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Response to Jenoch (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 02:28 PM

3. He is a warm

likable guy as well.

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Response to mzmolly (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 07:06 PM

6. He sure is.

 

He was the MC of an event where my father was also a speaker. It was a banquet and my dad invited his cousin to attend. This lady was a survivor of a Nazi work camp. My dad told her story and at the end of the evening, Don went over and gave her a big hug. She said it was the best night of her life.

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Response to chillfactor (Reply #1)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 02:29 PM

4. He would have a

good shot at a win - imho.

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Response to mzmolly (Reply #4)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 05:06 PM

5. I would say moderate chance

around 50/50. It is very purple in Paulsen's district in the west metro. It will not be a walkaway but will be competitive.

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Response to CatholicEdHead (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 07:16 PM

7. At least we wouldn't have to worry about name recognition.

Usually the DFL winds up endorsing someone no one (including a lot of party activists) have ever heard of until they decided to run.

And, we can depend on Shelby when it comes to enviromental issues.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 29, 2013, 12:22 AM

9. Agreed.

Eom.

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Response to CatholicEdHead (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 29, 2013, 12:21 AM

8. The district went for Kerry and Obama,

so I hope he will run.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Mon Jul 29, 2013, 11:42 PM

10. Well at least he believed in integrity of the news. Hope he runs.

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Response to mzmolly (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2013, 05:33 PM

11. I'm not a huge fan of his personality, but

I wouldn't mind seeing him in Paulsen's seat.

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