ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Republican candidates dropped their bids Monday to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in November.

Anthony Hernandez, a St. Paul businessman, and Joe Arwood, a city councilman in St. Bonifacius, abandoned their Senate campaigns. Hernandez said he decided instead to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of St. Paul, while Arwood posted on his campaign’s Facebook page that the financial demands and time commitments of the campaign were taking a toll on his family.

That leaves former state Rep. Dan Severson and perennial candidates Harold Shudlick and Bob Carney as the declared GOP Senate candidates. U.S. Army captain Pete Hegseth, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, has said he plans to kick off his own campaign later this week.

Klobuchar, first elected in 2006, is running for a second term this year. Republicans have had trouble recruiting big-name candidates to take her on, given her formidable fundraising and her popularity with voters in opinion polls.

Hernandez, a political newcomer, said he decided the congressional race was a better fit for him. Hernandez has a banking and finance background, but left that career several years ago after he was nearly killed in a car accident.

McCollum is running for her seventh term in a district that covers St. Paul and some of its suburbs. Another Republican, retired Naval officer Dan Flood, is also pursuing the GOP endorsement.

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Comments (27)
  1. Lagerhops says:

    They may have been threatened by Amy’s thug of a father, Jim.

    1. Jig says:

      Source for this insinuation? Even if true, it doesn’t say much for their resilience, does it?

      1. Lagerhops says:

        There is no more of a source for this than there used to be for much of Jim Klobuchar’s column. I was a victim of his hubris while he was still writing his column and hiding his drinking.

    2. Reid says:

      No relation to Jim, chek your info before posting

        1. Jason says:

          He is saying you’re an idiot

          1. Lagerhops says:

            I am sometimes an idiot, rarely brilliant and mostly resilient. Please tell me then who Amy’s father is so that I may stand corrected.

  2. Al says:

    Say Kevin how about you say that to Captain Hegseth face to face.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      I’ll say it to his face. Just because he’s a veteran doesn’t mean he’ll resort to violence over some random person’s opinion of his party affiliation…

    2. Tom says:

      @ Al

      If this guy wants to get into the political arena the uniform comes off and he is fair game.

  3. angus says:

    Harry Truman said officers from the army do not make good politicians because they are used to giving orders and that doesn’t work in politics. Politics you have to work with people and make a compromise to get what you want.

    Interesting that there is a theory that your best intelligence officers were civilians in their other life . Army depends too much on rote behavior and learning, which is good for the army but not for intelligence work. The best code breakers in WWII were civilians or part time.reserve officers

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Ever heard of Eisenhower? By the way, my grandmother worked for Eisenhower in WWII as a translator in Frankfurt, Germany in 1945.

  4. Stands with a brush says:

    My sack itches.

    1. Murph says:

      Plus she’s got more in that sack than any Republican eunuch! An honest politician is like having a visa card at Fort Knox!

  5. Kevin says:

    She needs to go away…..we need to get rid of them all! Dem wussies and GOP morons……

  6. Criminals Rule says:

    Amy = Michele when it comes to loving the president in office. Amy was very vocal for the President until she realized the healthcare bill was a big mistake. Ever since the healthcare bill was passed she has been floating under the radar hoping not to be noticed because she voted for something that goes against the constitution. I voted for her before but wont be this fall.

    1. Larry says:

      agree!! Amy K is a big left liberal tax and spend just like her Obama-worship. I would never vote for her.

  7. Hank Rearden says:

    Klobuchar is a tax and spend liberal in lock step with 0bama.

  8. G Dog says:

    Hank repeats everything that Fox News says without doing the research and finding out that Amy Klobuchar is an effective Senator.

  9. Tom says:

    Amy and Al are very good Senator’s…they make us proud to be Minnesotan’s…no change needed there…but as for the State house and Senate…big changes are needed throw the TeapubliCON’s out of power before they turn MN into WisCONsin…nuff said!!!

    1. GN says:

      Amy the union owned puppy dog. How many actually have her votes, all of them, delivered to your email. She, like Obama, are hard core Socialists that are leaning toward Marxism. Before you endorse her how about asking why.

  10. Murph says:

    Gop’ers lose their balls on the golf course.!! What did you expect would happen again’st an honest woman.You go girl!

  11. Steven The Jew says:

    Side by side….Id take Bachmann any day of the week…..I want to spank her pank…….

  12. John says:

    I don’t want Amy to get reelected because she’s too much of a liberal, but unless more candidates get into the race, she’ll probably be able to win.

  13. Kevin says:

    I love smoking pole.

  14. Jakelong says:

    Guess how much taxes she paid on her political gifts. Zero Zilch None. I thought you had to pay taxes on gifts of over 500 bucks. Plus a salary of 169,000 a year. Plus a 100 a day per diem to eat. Where do I sign up.

    1. christine says:

      You are asking how to get your name on the ballot to run for public office? If you don’t know then you probably aren’t ready yet.

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