Today, D.C.-based newspaper The Hill writes that 24-year incumbent Collin Peterson is “fighting for his political life” in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District against Republican challenger Torrey Westrom who “brings a compelling life story” to the race. Via The Hill:
“Twelve-term Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) is fighting for his political life.
“The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, Peterson is one of the few remaining centrist Blue Dogs in Congress.
“Republicans are hoping to finally change that, and believe legally blind state Sen. Torrey Westrom (R) is the candidate to pull off the upset.
“The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has poured in more than $4 million to unseat Peterson. Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has had to play defense to the tune of $2.8 million — something it hasn’t had to do for Peterson in more than a decade.
“Westrom argues that Peterson has overextended his tenure in Congress.
“’There’s a general sense that Collin Peterson’s been there too long,’ said the Republican’s campaign spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll.
“Peterson had previously indicated he might retire after this cycle and not seek reelection in 2016. But the Democrat said this week that he might run until 2020 because the Republicans ‘made me mad,’ according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“Carroll argued that Peterson’s comment underscored he wasn’t running ‘for the right reasons.’
“’This is what happens and you start feeling entitled to the seat,’ Carroll said. ‘You get mad when there’s competition.’
“Westrom also brings a compelling personal story. He lost his vision in a farm accident at the age of 14. Nonetheless, Westrom became a successful wrestler and was even inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“His campaign website boasts that since his first election to the Minnesota House in 1996, ‘Torrey Westrom has never lost a campaign.’ Next Tuesday’s election will put that streak to the test.”
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