The Lazarus Option in MN-8

Well-known political commentator Stu Rothenberg wrote a fascinating profile of former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan for Roll Call. Nolan is considering a monumental political comeback in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District. I mean, just read it, if only for the picture which shows Nolan looking like all of your dad’s friends when you were 6 years old. 

I’ve talked recently to another DFL candidate for the seat, Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson, who rolled out a professional campaign last week and is charging hard. Former St. Cloud State Sen. Tarryl Clark, who lost to Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN6) in 2010 and then moved to Duluth, is also considered a top candidate.

Anderson. Clark. Nolan. There are other names, but I hear these names a lot these days. Though other candidates could step up or jump in, there is now an equal chance that this is the field, with the winner facing off against Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack in 2012. And, of course, redistricting could change all of this.

More detailed analysis of the race is coming soon. I hope to run a series early next week.

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  1. I don’t know why Clark is being taken seriously. She’s the complete carpetbagger. I can’t imagine the DFL nominating her.

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