WASHINGTON — National Republicans have brought out one of Minnesota Twins fans’ best memories to make their case against 7th District U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.
In a new National Republican Congressional Committee radio ad hitting airwaves today, announcer Jack Buck calls the final minutes of the 1991 World Series (“Bases loaded, one out,” he says before a bat cracks. “The Twins are gonna win the World Series! The Twins have won it!”) before calling out Peterson’s fiscal bona fides.
Peterson joined Congress in 1991, and is the dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation. The NRCC’s point: He’s has been in office a long time, and spending and debt have grown while he’s been in Washington.
National Republicans hope to make the 7th District race competitive in 2014 even though Peterson has consistently won re-election contests handily over his tenure. Thursday’s ad buy is worth $17,000.
Peterson is a moderate “Blue Dog” Democrat who is not averse to siding with Republicans on fiscal issues. His long tenure is likely to come up in a potential contest against Republican state Sen. Torrey Westrom, who announced his campaign this week.
In an interview, Westrom said he’s running against Washington dysfunction, and he said the only way to change that is to bring new players to the table.
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