What if a political party held a convention and its designated congressional candidate passed on making his candidacy public?
It happened last Saturday in the Eighth Congressional District, where party bigwigs were prepared to bestow their endosement on a candidate to take on Rep. Jim Oberstar but held off “because he chose not to announce,” said Justin Krych, assistant district party chair. “He just wasn’t ready to pull the trigger.”
In a week or two, the presumptive candidate plans on a public announcement, after which the party’s endorsement will follow, Krych said.
Krych declined to identify the candidate, saying only that he approached party officials, indicating a willingness to run. “He’s an outstanding candidate, one who’s had a successful business life,” Krych said.
He added that it is not former Sen. Rod Grams, who was thumped by Oberstar nearly two-to-on in 2006. “He’s not expressed any interest this time,” Krych said.
For their part, Oberstar’s staffers said they’re in the dark about who their boss will face in his 18th run for what is possibly the most Democratic seat in Minneosta. “We haven’t heard anything either so we’re just taking care of our own business,” said campaign manager Blake Chaffee.
Anyone out there heard who it might be?