Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty is using his political action committee to support Republican state Rep. Randy Demmer's bid to oust U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democrat from southeastern Minnesota. Demmer received his party's endorsement over the weekend.
The nod comes with a financial lift -- a donation from Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC and a link on Pawlenty's Web site encouraging others to support Demmer. He needs the cash help. As a Saturday Star Tribune story noted, "Whoever wins the GOP endorsement will get badly needed help from the party in raising money. Walz has nearly $600,000 in cash on hand after raising more than $1 million. Demmer has raised just $71,592 and has $19,424 cash left after expenses."
Walz handily won re-election two years ago, besting Republican Brian Davis with 63 percent of the vote to Davis' 33 percent.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."