With the announcement Monday that Congressman Jim Ramstad is retiring after serving nine terms in the House, it’s “game on” for Minnesota’s third congressional district.
Ramstad, 61, had barely finished announcing his decision when at least five potential candidates declared an interest in going after his seat while other potential hopefuls were mentioned.
Ramstad is the type of Republican I consider a “radical moderate.” You never knew which way he would vote when it came to such core issues as national security, taxes, life, education, etc. Mitch nailed it when he said Ramstad is “a Republican that, when the chips are down, is as likely to vote with the Dems as with the GOP.”
In fact, I left Rep. Ramstad an angry voice mail last February when he was one of 17 GOP House members who voted for the nonbinding resolution against President Bush’s proposal for the troop surge in Iraq. In no uncertain terms, I told the congressman that I would be seriously considering another GOP nominee in 2008. Now, by default, I must throw my weight behind someone else.
For more than three decades, the 3rd district has been under the stranglehold of moderate Republicans (Bill Frenzel, Ramstad’s predecessor, served the third district from 1971-1991).
Mitch lays down a challenge.
You - the conservative in the Third - can change that. We’re going to spend the next few weeks talking about exactly how.
I’m all ears, my friend.
To put in military terminology: The northern flank is secure!
If you live in any of the following towns, are you ready to accept Mitch's challenge?