Shelley Madore — Republican incumbent John Kline’s opponent for Congress — was not endorsed by the Minnesota DFL Party for the 2nd District during the party’s convention. Nevertheless, she decided to run in the primary, won that election, and subsequently gained the DFL endorsement. A former legislator, she has a long history of citizen activism on health and other issues.
So far, Madore has been unable to engage the incumbent, John Kline (a Tea Party favorite who favors the role of Christianity in federal government), in any form of public discourse. Her 35-cent tour is a campaign fixture: “For every federal tax dollar paid in our Congressional District, only 35 cents are spent here in our community,” Madore whipped. “At the same time, John Kline voted for the bill that included the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ in Alaska, among many other bills that included earmarks for other states.”