Brian Walsh

Incumbent Tim Walz is typical of the Democrats’ freshman class of 2006, acting like an independent Democrat when home in southern Minnesota. However, once his feet touch the ground in DC, Walz gladly rubber-stamps the reckless Obama-Pelosi agenda – supporting their liberal agenda 97% of the time. In the past year alone, Walz cast two major votes on legislation that shows just how out of touch he is with his constituents.  The first came in the summer of 2009 when Walz proudly voted for the National Energy Tax, which would hit Minnesota’s farm families square in the wallet with higher production costs. This was followed by his support for both versions of the government takeover of healthcare, completely ignoring the effects it would have on the thousands of healthcare employees that have built impressive institutions like the Mayo Clinic.

Challenging Walz this year is state Rep. Randy Demmer. As a former farmer and small businessman, he is all too familiar with the damage that the Walz-Pelosi agenda is inflicting on rural America. While Walz has only proven to talk about fiscal responsibility, Randy is ready to do more than just talk, by fighting for hard-working taxpayers. In the state legislature, he has been a champion for education and creating jobs through made-in Minnesota renewable fuel.  He is aided in his efforts by the fact that he represents a portion of Rochester in the state legislature – a crucial “must-win” population center for both parties.

Compared to his state-wide performance of 54%, Barack Obama won this district with just 51% of the vote.  Couple that with a Cook PVI Rating of R+1, and MN-01 can be brought back to the Republican column with the right candidate.  Randy has worked hard as he prepares for November, building a solid campaign structure and earning a Contender designation in the NRCC’s Young Guns Program in his bid to give voters a conservative alternative to Tim Walz.

You can find out more about Randy and help him in his fight for the people of Minnesota’s first by visiting his website. You can also follow Randy on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated with this promising candidate.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.