GOP Searches For Klobuchar Senate Contender

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A second Republican jumped into the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar Monday, and he calls himself an average Joe.


Joe Arwood, a St. Bonifacius City Council member, says he’s running to “give America back to the middle class.”

Arwood, who has no money and little state-wide name recognition, is taking on a U.S. senator with high approval ratings and millions of dollars in the bank. He is doing so because it appears no one else in the GOP will.

“I’m Joe. I’m your neighbor. I live next door to you,” said the 38-year-old sales consultant.

Arwood, who is also a former volunteer firefighter, says the nation is burning.

“I’m the kind of person that when I see something on fire, I run to it. I want to be part of the solution,” he said.

On his Twitter page, Arwood describes himself as a constitutional conservative who:

-would not have voted for the recent debt ceiling deal.

-would repeal the new federal health care law, including sections regarding pre-existing medical conditions, lifetime benefit limits, and coverage of adult children.

-would scrap the current tax code and replace it with a flat tax.

-is a supporter of GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul and Herman Cain.

About the closest he’ll come to criticizing Klobuchar is on her voting record.

“Is voting the party line 93 percent of the time taking a stand for what’s good for the people, or is it voting for the party line?” he asks.

In fact, the Minnesota U.S. Senate race could be a serious problem for the GOP. Instead of a campaign, the Republicans are currently mounting something of a search party.

Two GOP heavyweights, former governor Tim Pawlenty and former senator Norm Coleman, say they aren’t interested.

This lack of serious Republican Senate contenders gives Klobuchar about as close to a free pass as there is.

University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson said that some Republican who had already been elected to public office would be able to give Klobuchar a run for her money.

“Someone who has statewide name recognition, someone who could raise easily $15-$20 million,” Pearson said. “And we haven’t seen that kind of candidate emerge.”

A year out from election day, Klobuchar has raised $5 million.

Another Republican candidate, former state representative Dan Severson, has raised only $3,700.

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  • jimmy

    Next on their list is Fatty Arbuckle.

    • A Voter

      That’s no way to talk about Tony Sutton, even if be would make a good candidate.

  • Mike Jacobson

    Joe….you’re either onto something or ON something! I think the latter. Best of luck in this venue you have NO busniess being in. I’m guessing you suffer from “short man complex” or some other ailment that would lead you to throw your hat in the GOP ring. You’ve broken strides by having WCCO report your joke! Nicely done!

  • Angus

    Don’t worry, GOP. Thanks to the Supreme Court the 5 white conservative judges (I know one is black but he is an OREO – black on the outside and white on the inside) the previous laws on corporate spending are gone. Therefore, the rich which generally means white, will be throwing lots and lots of money into the races and buying many reps.

    • Jake

      Man, talk about a racist comment, just doesn’t get any better than that. I seriously doubt that he has the seeds to say it to the man’s face.

  • Tom

    So he is for the middle class , but if you have pre-existing condition and can’t medical insurance because of that he says to bad! Yep he is for the middle class alright!

    So maybe since he has a pre-existing condition being NUTS he should be dropped from his health insurance!

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  • Kevin

    I’ll run against her. And I don’t need a lot of money to do so.
    My campaign slogan is simple. “A vote for Klobuchar is a vote for Obama.”

    • Matt

      problem with your slogan is Obama is gonna win, no sane person wants a republican in the white house after the terrorist attack from the teaparty in the house. Plus the GOP choices aren’t that great

  • snowman

    GivGive America back to the middle class by repealin healthcare and per exsisting conditions? What a joke!

  • KlobucharSucks

    My dog would be better than Klobuchar. Get her out of there and drag her little ButtMonkey Franken with her.

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