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Bill Clinton endorses Tarryl Clark

Former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Tarryl Clark’s run for Congress in the 8th District, spurning the Minnesota DFL Party’s endorsed candidate, Clark’s campaign announced today.

“From her work with the Children’s Defense Fund and Legal Services’ Senior Law Project, to her commitment to coalition building while leading the state’s Community Action Partnership, Tarryl’s focus for almost 25 years has been improving Minnesota. I am confident she will bring the common sense solutions we need to Washington,” Clinton said in a statement from the Clark campaign.

Clark is one of three DFL candidates running in an Aug. 14 primary for the chance to take on freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack. Former Rep. Rick Nolan is the DFL endorsed candidate, and former Duluth City Council President Jeff Anderson is also running.

“I am immensely proud to have President Clinton’s endorsement,” Clark said in a statement. The campaign was already fundraising off the endorsement by Friday afternoon.

Clinton will be in Minnesota on Aug. 4 to dedicate a memorial for former Vice President and Minnesota U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey. He’s the key-note speaker at that evening’s Humphrey-Mondale Dinner for the DFL.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 07/27/2012 - 03:01 pm.


    Can’t imagine why she’d want it or why he’d give it.

  2. Submitted by Mark Rittmann on 07/28/2012 - 01:27 am.

    why she’d want it? Only a GOP wanna be would suggest that.

    For all his personal faults Bill Clinton remains a strong Centrist Democrat leader and many in DFL respect it; you may not like him or his politics, but in DFL circles his endorsement has meaning. It positions Clark as one who has a Centrist philosophy. This makes it harder for Nolan and Anderson. Like Dayton, she may well grab the primary in spite of the DFL endorsement of her opponent. She has the money and now national backing to do so.

  3. Submitted by john milton on 07/28/2012 - 10:36 am.

    Clinton’ endorsement of Clark

    I’m shocked and disappointed that former President Clinton would jump into a contested DFL primary and back the “tourist candidate” Tarryl Clark — against the DFL party endorsee Rick Nolan, and disdaining the support for Nolan by the state DFL Party and both DFL U.S. Senators and all four DFL Members of Congress.

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