In 2010, neither Powers nor Madore was able to raise much money to face Kline. Democrats have not been able to make the race even a close election since the area was redistricted and Kline was elected. The area is about to be redistricted again, but Governor Mark Dayton and the Republican controlled legislature have not agreed on the lines.
Powers referenced those past losses when he made his announcement to DFLers this morning by email. “I am not running to make a statement. I am running to make a difference. I am running to win,” Powers wrote.
Powers also issued an open letter to Congressman Kline questioning who Kline is representing — an ideology or the people of Minnesota.
“The fight you are waging in Washington is on behalf of an ideology that really doesn’t have anything to do with the day to day challenges people of Minnesota are facing,” wrote Powers. “You represent the worst in politicians. I think these actions show at every level how you do not represent the people of this district. For these reasons and many others I will work hard every day to make sure that this is your last term in office.”
Congressman John Kline,
I wanted to let you know that I do not think you understand what our congressional district or the country really need. You have consistently voted for continuing war resolutions throughout the last 10 years and have also voted consistently for more and more tax breaks for the most wealthy in our country. Continuing with your spending spree, for several years you have pushed funding for a spare engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, that the Defense Department does not
want or need. Many reasons exist for our debt situation but through your direct action you have contributed to make things worse. Our countries debt has skyrocketed while you have been in office.
Continuing this disregard for our district you have,
1) voted for a draconian budget proposed by Paul Ryan, that would end Medicare as we know it for those less than 55,
2) voted to continue a tax break for big oil without regards to the record profits these companies are earning,
3) voted to borrow 700 billion dollars and increase the deficit to extend tax cuts to the richest Americans while cutting(taking) money away from the poorest and
4) you voted to repeal health care while retaining your own. knowing that the cost of repealing it would add to the federal deficit.
When Congress was controlled by the Democrats you seldom if ever worked with your fellow House Democrats to find solutions to the problems we face as a country. Rather than work together for a better country you voted no. Now the situation that you and many others helped create has gotten much worse.
I look at my kids and my granddaughter and I wonder what kind of Minnesota they’re going to grow up in, what kind of America we’re going to leave them, will they have the same kinds of opportunities I had growing up?
We all have a role to play in giving the next generation those opportunities. And, I’m sorry to say, I don’t think you,
Representative John Kline, understand what your role is. The fight you are waging in Washington is on behalf of an ideology that really doesn’t have anything to do with the day to day challenges people of Minnesota are facing.
You represent the worst in politicians. I think these actions show at every level how you do not represent the people of this district. For these reasons and many others I will work hard every day to make sure that this is your last term in office. We need someone that is willing to do the work to find solutions for our Congressional District, Minnesota and the US.
Candidate for Congress 2012
Minnesota 2nd Congressional District