Two Republicans with names known within the 1st Congressional District are considering challenging DFL incumbent Tim Walz.
Jim Hagedorn, son of former Minnesota Congressman Tom Hagedorn, said he is considering running for the seat.
"I've been meeting with Republican leaders about the 1st District for some time and am trying to determine how best I can utilize my Capitol Hill and legislative experience to help my party take back the seat," he said.
His father served eight years representing what was the 2nd District — which covered the western edge of the current 1st District including Austin and Mankato. Hagedorn has spent 25 years working on Capitol Hill, including seven years as the senior legislative assistant to former Minnesota Republican Rep. Arlan Stangeland.
Hagedorn also had his own blog "Mr. Conservative." But he posted that after the 2008 election he was suspending all posts "in order to explore the opportunity to return to his southern Minnesota roots, accept a position in the private sector and run for Congress." Here is a link to his blog.
Hagedorn said he is looking at moving back to the district and was checking out homes in Blue Earth, Minn. yesterday.
There has also been plenty of buzz around former Republican gubernatorial candidate Allen Quist. Bluestem Prairie wrote about the potential Quist bid. He won the Republican endorsement in 1994 but lost by a landslide to Gov. Arne Carlson. In an interview yesterday, Quist declined to comment on whether he was running saying "It's just a little too early."
But he then advised me I could send my information to his e-mail at email@example.com. Hmmmm....
Here's a link to my story on these two candidates.