Friday, July 27, 2012 By Aaron Brown
Not sure what a personal endorsement does in this race. Rick Nolan has former Rep. Jim Oberstar, for instance. And Jeff Anderson has Northland native and comedian Maria Bamford, who was just on a very funny episode of "Louie" in which she has bad sex with Louie CK.
Really, this has been an unusual election.
Meantime, the DFL candidates debated last night in Grand Rapids. WDIO was there. Rep. Chip Cravaack was invited but the tone of the debate, focused largely on DFL primary issues, probably kept him away. As mentioned, he'll be on Almanac tonight.
UPDATE: I rather enjoy Jeff Anderson's response to this endorsement:
Duluth (Minn) – The following is a statement from Eighth Congressional District candidate Jeff Anderson in response to today's news that former president Bill Clinton has endorsed Tarryl Clark's campaign.
"This endorsement perfectly encapsulates one of the primary differences between me and my competitors in this race. While I have been talking to the people who live and work right here in the Eighth, my opponents have been racing all around the country to find outsiders like President Clinton to prop up their efforts.
A simple review of this race's fundraising reports prove my point. While I trail both in fundraising totals, they each trail me substantially in reported financial support drawn from the Eighth Congressional District. While nearly half of my donors live and work in the district, and nearly all of it from within the state, Tarryl Clark has received less than two percent of her financial support from within the district, and Rick Nolan is under eight percent.
There is a reason I have earned the endorsements of Tom Rukavina from Pike Lake, Tony Sertich from Chisholm, Don Ness from Duluth and Carly Melin from Hibbing.
In the end of the day, I am more focused on winning the support of Wynona Clinton of Eveleth than I am the support of Bill Clinton of Westchester New York."
The former president is just some friggin' guy from New York. That's hardcore Iron Rangerism.