Burnsville resident Dan Powers announced he will once again challenge 2nd District GOP Rep. John Kline. The construction contractor made the announcement in an open letter to Kline posted yesterday on his Facebook page. He starts off the letter by writing, "I wanted to let you know that I do not think you understand what our congressional district or the country really need."
He cites four specific reasons he believes Kline does not represent the constituents of the 2nd Congressional District.
"Continuing this disregard for our district you have,
1) voted for a draconian budget proposed by Paul Ryan, that would end Medicare as we know it for those less than 55,
2) voted to continue a tax break for big oil without regards to the record profits these companies are earning,
3) voted to borrow 700 billion dollars and increase the deficit to extend tax cuts to the richest Americans while cutting(taking) money away from the poorest and
4) you voted to repeal health care while retaining your own knowing that the cost of repealing it would add to the federal deficit."
Powers ran against Kline in 2010. He won the DFL party nomination but lost in the primary to former state Rep. Shelley Madore. Kline easily won re-election defeating Madore with 63 percent of the vote.
The 2nd Congressional District has been a safe seat for Republicans in recent years. But there is one unknown for the 2012 election — how the congressional district lines will be redrawn as part of redistricting. A Republican legislative proposal calls for making the 2nd Congressional District more rural — including the absorption of Wabasha County. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the redistricting plan so it appears likely the issue will be headed to the courts.