Democrat Shelley Madore announced today that she’s running in the August primary against the endorsed candidate. DFL delegates in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District backed Powers over Madore last weekend. Madore reportedly said she would abide by the DFL endorsement, but in an e-mail she reversed course and will challenge Powers in August.
Since my opponent received the DFL endorsement at the Second Congressional District convention, I’ve been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from across the district urging me to continue my race for the primary endorsement on August 10. They believe I’m in the best position to defeat John Kline in November and so do I.
I have thoroughly pondered their strong advice and after learning today how much trouble my opponent is having raising money, I have decided to place my name on the ballot. John Kline is a serious opponent and demands a candidate prepared for a serious race. Being able to raise money is one factor in determining a candidate’s ability to beat an incumbent.
Powers latest fundraising report shows that his campaign is running on fumes. His report says he raised $13,144 through March 31st and has $1,462 left in the bank. The campaign also lists a $10,000 debt.
Madore also raised $
25,000 roughly $34,000 through March 31st. She reports having $12,391 on hand but reports a debt of $9596. I’m told part of the funds raised from Madore include a $9,100 loan from a supporter.
The winner of the August primary will face GOP Rep. John Kline. Kline reports having $488,000 in the bank.
Note: An earlier post misidentified the total contributions to Powers and Madore’s cash on hand.