Rep. Randy Demmer tosses another GOP hat into the 1st District congressional race

State Rep. Randy Demmer is telling people this morning that he’s jumping into the 1st Congressional District race, the second Republican who’d like to take on incumbent DFLer Tim Walz.

Demmer, from Hayfield, won’t run for re-election to his state House seat, says the Rochester Post-Bulletin, but will put all his energy into the congressional race. He had unsuccessfully sought the Republican endorsement for the 1st District seat in 2008.

Demmer told the paper he’ll likely abide by a party endorsement this time, too.

“My plan right now would be to seek that endorsement, and I guess at this point in time I would plan to abide by it. I think it would be extremely difficult to not (abide by it), but one thing I’ve learned is never say never,” he said.

He said he has lots of reasons for running:

He cites the Democrats’ health care reform plan as a prime example of government going too far. He said he believes it is a first step toward a single-payer health care system. He added it is also time to curb federal spending adding that “under the term ‘stimulus,’ anything and everything goes.”

Demmer said he also opposes the cap-and-trade bill aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it would harm the state’s agricultural industry.

Former state Rep. Allen Quist also has announced a bid for the Walz seat.

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