Minnesota: Pelosi, Klobuchar Host Fundraiser for Freshman

Posted April 21, 2008 at 6:51pm

Freshman Rep. Tim Walz (D) was scheduled to benefit from a fundraiser with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) Monday evening in Minneapolis, according to Minneapolis Public Radio.

According to the Speaker’s office, Pelosi, Klobuchar, Walz and fellow freshman Rep. Keith Ellison (D) toured the Minneapolis VA Medical Center on Monday.

Walz defeated then-Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R) by 6 points in 2006 in a southern Minnesota district that voted for President Bush in both 2000 and 2004.

Despite the district’s GOP lean, Republicans failed to recruit a top-notch candidate to face Walz this cycle. What’s more, the local GOP has a primary fight on its hands between its endorsed candidate, Mayo Clinic physician Brian Davis, and state Sen. Dick Day. The winner of the Sept. 9 primary will face Walz in November.

— Shira Toeplitz