DFLer Joins Race Against Republican Paulsen

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A businessman and Navy Reserve veteran from Edina says he will seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen next year in his suburban Minneapolis district.

Brian Barnes says Monday that Paulsen, who was first elected to the seat in 2008, has acted like a moderate but sided with conservative Republicans on most major issues. Barnes says his main goal in Congress would be to create jobs.

Barnes runs the sales department for the marine division of Cummins Inc., a global manufacturer of engines and generators. He has not run for office before but has been active in local Democratic politics. The 3rd District covers a large portion of suburban Hennepin County. Another Democrat, small business owner Sharon Sund, previously announced her campaign.

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  • Meep

    Awesome. Paulson is my neighbor but seems to understand little of how much suffering is going around, even in the shangri la that is Eden Prairie.

  • fred

    kind of hard to get excited about politics these days…..it`s corporate stooge A vs. corporate stooge B

  • cwh

    A businessman who is aiming to become a politician with the aim of “creating” jobs? Uh newsflash…government doesn’t create jobs (to be sure it can employ people but not without first acquiring financial resources from the private sector thereby stifling and/or killing addition job growth therein). If it’s job creation you are after, perhaps you should stay in the private sector and put your “businessman” skills to work.

    • just sayin

      Dang. You already beat me to it.

      Federal Government doesn’t create jobs. Just temporary solutions.

      • justastoop

        them job creaters sure iz creatin lotsa jobs huh

      • J-Yann

        The Fed might not create jobs, but they can define the system that encourages the local businesses to keep jobs local.

        If you think for one second that the system we have is not responsible for our economy and employment rate, then by all means, continue voting for people who haven’t done anything to change it.

    • Hurp-a-Durp

      Agree with jyan below… the problem is not our politicians… it’s the idiots that think the system can’t be changed are the ones voting more idiots into office.

  • wiz

    Just give us someone, anyone strong enough to get rid of Paulse….

  • See BS

    Why is WCCO not talking about the series of public meetings held by the committee appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court for congressional districts?

    More election fraud by our Judicial Branch in the State of Minnesota.

    • Not seeing this particular BS

      Huh? Can you please explain?

      • See BS

        Governor Dayton Vetoed the Congressional district map created by the entire Minnesota State Legislative branch. A Minnesota Supreme Court Justice appointed a Judge to draw the map for congressional districts.

        They are suppose to hold public hearings to get input from the public, but they aren’t publishing the time or dates of the meetings at all.

        • uradope

          I saw news of upcoming hearings published last week in the Pioneer Press, fool. Look a little harder, cracksniff.

          • Frankie

            how else does he see the s of bs

  • Sue J

    So how will he create jobs? What is his plan?

  • frozenrunner

    He can’t propose any ideas that are worse or better than the ideas that Rep Paulson has proposed. Hard to compare any ideas to a person who proposes nothing. Paulson has put on job fairs. something that the private sector does anyway.

  • angry bird

    The so-called “job creators” are actually “job shippers” and they’ve been SHIPPING JOBS OVERSEAS for decades! This meem going around highlights the *CON* in the CONservative agenda and message. The Wall Street Protest wave is going global and it’s scaring the daylights out of banksters and corporate pigs.

  • Government Jobs

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