This letter is paid content. Democrat Collin Peterson has been in Congress for a long time. Everybody knows that he was elected in 1990 and has been in Congress for the last 30 years. A third of the people living in MN-07 weren’t alive before Peterson began his long career in Washington DC. It was such a long time ago that people may not remember that it took him four elections to finally win. That’s right, Collin Peterson ran for Congress in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1990. Collin Peterson really really wanted to be a Congressman. People often wonder why Collin Peterson continues to run for re-election given that his once powerful chairmanship has been neutered, his party has ostracized its moderates, and that he is one of the few remaining elected Democrats left in Western Minnesota. It’s simple, being a Congressman is a good gig, Peterson spent eight years trying to get into Congress, and he’ll say and do anything to stay there. He’s already resorted to name calling in his most recent TV ad, calling Michelle Fischbach “just plain nasty.”
Collin Peterson tells people that he’s a moderate. Somebody who can work with Republicans and Democrats. In his name-calling ad he touts his support for several Trump initiatives and bragged that he was the only Democrat to vote against impeaching the Republican President. That sure sounds like the actions of a moderate but it also sounds like the actions of a politician who is terrified of losing his position and will do or say anything to keep it.
In the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House determines the agenda and decides what bills are voted on. Collin Peterson always votes for liberal Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House and 82% of the time he votes exactly like her. That’s not very moderate. Years ago, that percentage was as low as 58%. Nancy Pelosi has gotten more liberal so that 82% is much worse than it looks. While he highlights his bipartisan votes during election years the numbers show us that he is a reliable Democrat vote for Nancy Pelosi and the liberal bills she wants passed.
The people of Minnesota’s 7th are overwhelmingly conservative, want smaller government, lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a strong border - and their voting habits reflect that, except for the vote for Democrat Collin Peterson. A vote for Collin Peterson is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and a vote against President Trump. A vote for Collin Peterson is a vote for bigger government, higher taxes, more regulations, and illegal immigration. It most certainly isn’t a vote for moderation. Collin Peterson votes with Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Minneapolis’ Ilhan Omar as much as he votes with Nancy Pelosi. Is 80% of the most liberal members of Congress what the voters want when they vote for Collin Peterson? Because that’s what they’re getting.
Republican Michelle Fishbach is a conservative and always has been. She will help President Trump pass the conservative agenda that the people of Minnesota’s 7th are trying to accomplish when they vote Republican in every other race on the ballot. Michele knows who she is and unlike Collin Peterson she is not willing to do anything or be anybody to get elected.
Jennifer Carnahan is the Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota and resides in St. Louis Park, MN.