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DFL to get a second candidate in CD3?

by Joe Bodell on October 15, 2009 · 1 comment

The DFL may soon have a second candidate vying to take on first-term Congressman Erik Paulsen.

Maureen Hackett, a military veteran and doctor, has been mentioned in recent days as a potential candidate. According to sources in the DFL, she has a campaign treasurer onboard and is strongly considering announcing for the race soon.

Hackett would join Minnesota PTA President Jim Meffert-Nelson in a race for the DFL nod to face Paulsen. Meffert has been making the rounds at party and community events, and appears ready to announce as well.

As previously noted with Meffert-Nelson, any DFL candidate will start down a tough path in taking on Paulsen, who will have had a full election cycle of aggressive fundraising under his belt. However, the fact that Paulsen only garnered 48% of the vote in 2008 means that both national parties will be keeping a close eye on the race.

JML October 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

to see some people stepping up in CD3.  Both candidates look interesting, and I’d love to hear more.  I suspect both will face a fairly steep learning curve, but that can be overcome and done.

There is a great chance to win in CD3, I think.  People aren’t in love with Paulsen out there, and despite his campaign claims, he’s been a cookie-cutter RNC conservative, not a true heir to Jim Ramstad.  He should still be vulnerable in his first reelect and a good candidate could pounce on this.

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