LEADER MACCARTHY BACKS FISCHBACH IN TARGETED WESTERN MINNESOTA HOUSE RACE
LITCHFIELD, MN –House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is wasting no time backing his preferred candidate in western Minnesota’s 7th District, today endorsing former Lt. Governor and State Senator Michelle Fischbach, who launched her campaign in September.
“Michelle Fischbach is an experienced leader and one of the top recruits in the country for House Republicans. She is fully prepared to win a competitive election next year and has my complete and total endorsement!” Leader McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson’s margins of victory have shrunk in each of the past three elections. In 2020, with President Trump on the ballot and Fischbach as the Republican nominee, House Republicans view the 7th District as one of the top pick-up opportunities in the country.
“The House Democrats promised us that they would get to work passing laws for the American people, like lowering prescription drug prices and passing the USMCA, but they haven’t delivered because they have been too obsessed with an impeachment inquiry to remove President Trump from office to accomplish anything meaningful,” said Fischbach. “This is why the House Republican majority matters next year and why Leader McCarthy has been at the front lines of this fight. I am proud to accept his endorsement, and I am committed to doing my part in taking back the House.”
The Fischbach for Congress campaign is off to a strong start. Last week, Fischbach reported raising $100k in her first 27 days in the race and outraised the rest of the Republican field combined by nearly 200%.
Pointing to Fischbach’s entrance into the race, The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball both changed their ratings for the 7th District race from Leans Democrat to Toss Up.
MICHELLE FISCHBACH ANNOUNCES RUN FOR MINNESOTA’S 7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Former Lieutenant Governor to challenge Democrat Collin Peterson
PAYNESVILLE, MN – Former Lieutenant Governor Michelle Fischbach today announced she is running for Congress in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. Fischbach will challenge Democrat Congressman Collin Peterson, who has been in Washington for nearly 30 years. Fischbach was the most recent Republican to hold statewide office in Minnesota when she ascended from her role as President of the Senate to Lieutenant Governor in 2018.
“After much consultation and prayer with my family, I have decided to run for Congress,” said Fischbach. “Western Minnesota families deserve a representative who will fight for their values in Washington and support President Trump’s agenda – not the socialist agenda of Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar, and the rest of the squad. People here believe in our constitutional rights. They believe in the right to life. They believe in making sure the next generation has the opportunity to pursue the American dream right here in Western Minnesota.”
Before serving as Lieutenant Governor, Fischbach served in the Minnesota Senate. After the 2010 election, the Minnesota Senate selected Fischbach to serve as President of the Senate, making her the first woman in Minnesota history to serve in that role. After the 2016 election, Fischbach was again selected by the Minnesota Senate to serve as President of the Senate, a position she would hold until she ascended to Lieutenant Governor in 2018.
“Collin Peterson no longer represents Western Minnesota values,” added Fischbach. “One of his first votes this Congress was to ban the wall, and he votes against President Trump 85 percent of the time. Unlike Peterson, I will work with President Trump to secure our borders, build the wall, fight against the Democrats’ socialist agenda, and keep America great.”
Over the past several weeks Fischbach has heard from many people in the Republican-leaning district who have encouraged her to run against Democrat Collin Peterson. In the coming weeks and months, Fischbach will travel the district and talk with voters about her vision for Western Minnesota and listen to their thoughts and concerns.