GOP endorses Lee Byberg to challenge U.S. Rep. Peterson

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  • Updated: April 1, 2012 - 6:50 PM
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ReichertApr. 1, 12 7:31 PM

GOP...doing the same thing again and expecting a different result. Or maybe they aren't and just don't plan on throwing any real money at this guy.

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westcentralwApr. 1, 12 8:14 PM

I've traditionally voted left, but after mailing letters to representative Petersen's office and getting an unfavorable response to every issue I've raised (Sopa/pippa, marijuana decriminalization) just to name a couple I'll gladly vote him out he doesn't seem to stand for any issue I care about enough to write the guy. Even if Mr. Byberg doesn't either its nice to know I have an ability to change the man in office.

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Douglind33Apr. 1, 12 9:34 PM

Never did understand why the conservative sod busters on the NW prairie keep sending Petersen to Washington. In many rspects, he's a DINO (Dem in Name Only). Maybe they think he's one of their thousand Scandihoovian relatives. You betcha!

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roysandstromApr. 1, 1210:42 PM

Same rights for all seems like a DFL view, but not for Mr Peterson who voted NO on DADT. Can we trust Mr Peterson? In person he says "leave cannabis issues to the states" then in DC supports DEA Raids and the 'sched 1' classification for cannabis, must get big $$ from ALEC & for profit prison industry. Time for him to go full time in his band and get new blood in DC, at least then maybe we'll get answers to our letters we mail to the Congressman from CD7.

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jhavlinApr. 1, 1211:05 PM

This go around will be different. Peterson gets all his reelection money from PACS and special interest groups. Byberg's campaign money will all come from the voters of the 7th district.

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sgjsdadApr. 2, 12 6:04 AM

A Democrat in the 8th Dist has to tread very lightly and Peterson is a master at it which is why he routinely gets reelected out there in farm country. Peterson was given the cover he needed by his party to vote no on ACA and DADT. The Repubs nominating Byberg for a rematch of 2010 pretty much sums up the chances the Repubs think they have of picking up Peterson's seat, which is to say not much of one. If Byberg was ever going to topple Peterson it woulda/coulda/shoulda been in 2010. Peterson will cruise in this one.

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tharaldson74Apr. 2, 12 6:48 AM

We too often dismiss people and elections based on easy stereotypes. Byberg is the son of Norwegian immigrants, actually spent time growing up in Norway himself, as well as in South America. He is an old school Republican...a throw back in a good way. Peterson is probably one of the most conservative members of congress (despite party). He lives and thrives off of Big Sugar money, and is singularly the most responsible for our distorted agricultural subsidies today (an area where a group of Republican and Democratic legislators play kings of the world. I vote Independence Party usually..but do respect Byberg.

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rockoftruthApr. 2, 12 9:53 AM

Collin Peterson is a conservative Democrat who votes with Democrats so that makes him a Reed, Pelosi, Obama hack. Throw the Democrats out. I wold vote for Donald Duck before a Democrat.

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