The surprise retirement announcement from Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN08) has started phones ringing across the state from Minneapolis to the Range Cities. Now, people are looking to find other candidates to vie for the open seat. Nolan already was facing an opponent for the DFL Endorsement by Leah Phifer (DFL) who was challenging him over his support for sulfide mining.
We understand some of the pressures on Nolan stemmed from the Congressional Democratic Conference, but also two of his daughters are involved in health-related issues.
We have exchanged words with former Rep Joe Radinovich (DFL-10B, Crosby), who is now the Chief of Staff for Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (DFL). Prior to being Frey’s Campaign Manager, Joe Rad, Managed Nolan’s last campaign against Stewart Mills III.
Here is what we learned from Radinovich himself. He says he is meeting with consultants today at 3:00 pm and will decide by Monday morning.
Another candidate we think could easily step into this race is former Rep Carly Melin (DFL-06A, Hibbing). She served for 3 terms in the legislature, is an attorney, and maintained her life on the Iron Range. She is an attractive candidate in many ways, who has experienced her own issues. She is divorced, the mother of two, and recently, she has been experiencing attacks on Facebook from a Troll, who has been using a picture of one of her children who was squirming while being held by Vice President Joe Biden (D).
The Republican Candidate is Pete Stauber (R). He is a Lt in the Duluth Police Department and is the brother of U of MN goalie Robb Stauber.
We will be following the developments in the 8th Congressional District closely.