Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, and Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, announced today that they’re backing Jeff Anderson’s bid for Congress. Anderson, a Duluth City Council member, is vying for the DFL endorsement in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District with former state Sen. Tarryl Clark and former DFL Congressman Rick Nolan.
Melin’s endorsement is significant for two reasons. It helps Anderson pick up support on the Iron Range, which he’ll need to win the endorsement. It’s also significant because Melin has been rumored to consider a run for Congress herself. She told MPR News this morning that she has no interest in running for the seat and thinks Anderson is the most qualified for the position.
“Jeff is one of us,” Melin said in a statement. “Growing up on the Iron Range and being an elected official in Duluth, Jeff has the ability and integrity to bridge this district together.”
Whoever wins the DFL nomination is likely to challenge GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2012. There is, however, a bit of uncertainty over the future of the district. Gov. Dayton vetoed a GOP redistricting plan that dramatically changed the political boundaries in the district. The courts are likely to take over the lines on February 21 unless Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature agree on a new set of maps.