Federal shutdown brings heat on Paulsen
Rep. Erik Paulsen’s office, expresses frustration at his accessibility. “He hasn’t had town halls. We haven’t had a chance to let him know what we think face to face, canada goose coats and it’s frustrating,” Kihne said. “I just want to talk to my congressman.” (Staff photo:Peter Bartz Gallagher)
On Thursday morning a dozen conservative activists, including GOP state Rep. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s Eden Prairie office seeking an audience with the congressman. The group was upset over recent comments by Paulsen suggesting that he would be willing to break with the GOP House leadership in order to end the federal cheap canada goose government shutdown.
“I will look at anything that comes in front of me to end the impasse, because we do need to put an end to it,” Paulsen told the Star Tribune shortly after the shutdown commenced.
Paulsen made similar comments to KARE 11 on Tuesday. “I think if I had the opportunity just to fully fund the government, I would do so,” he said.
Those comments have landed uk canada goose Paulsen on a list compiled by canada goose store the Huffington Post of 20 Republicans willing to vote in favor of a government funding bill with no strings attached. That number is potentially significant, because it’s more than the 17 Republicans required to pass a bill if all Democrats support it.
But that stance angered the conservative activists who met at Paulsen’s office in the 3rd Congressional District and they wanted to speak directly with the third term congressman. They were greeted cordially by Jake Coleman, Paulsen’s outreach district coordinator, but informed that the congressman is in Washington.
“I’m stunned and in disbelief that he would bolt from his own leadership,” said Vince Baudette, a Victoria resident. Rep. Erik Paulsen represents a canada goose outlet uk sale swing district the Cook Partisan Voting Index gives Republicans a 2 point generic advantage there that President Barack Obama carried in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. (Staff photo:Peter Bartz Gallagher)
Coleman promised to do his best to connect the visitors with Paulsen, but while they were waiting it became clear that it would be extremely difficult for him to mollify canada goose outlet black friday his critics on the right. Gary Heyer, a conservative activist from Chaska and a https://www.outletmoncler.de delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, wanted a conservative Republican to challenge Paulsen for the GOP nomination in the next election cycle.
“He is not listening to us regarding Obamacare,” Heyer said. “We are just absolutely dead set against Obamacare.”
GOP activist Sheila Kihne, who helped organize the visit to official canada goose outlet Paulsen’s office, expressed frustration at his accessibility. “He hasn’t had town canada goose jacket outlet halls. We haven’t had a chance to canada goose outlet online let him know what we think face to face, and it’s frustrating,” Kihne said. “I just want canada goose outlet shop to talk to my canada goose outlet congressman.”
Swing district Republicans could face ire
The showdown at Paulsen’s office underscores the politically tricky situation in which he finds himself. Paulsen represents a swing district the Cook Partisan Voting Index gives Republicans a 2 point generic advantage there that President Barack Obama carried in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Despite the competitiveness of Paulsen’s district, he has won in recent election cycles by overwhelming margins. He carried the district by more than 20 percentage points in 2010 and by 16 percentage points in 2012. No DFL canada goose outlet store uk challenger has so far emerged to take on Paulsen in the next election cycle.
But Republicans appear poised to take the bulk of the blame for the deeply unpopular government shutdown. A CBS News poll released on Thursday found that 44 percent of respondents blamed Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, compared with 35 canada goose percent who blamed Obama. If the gridlock continues for a significant amount of time, it could begin to erode Paulsen’s strong political standing.
“It’s interesting how energetic Erik Paulsen’s been in trying to stress his pragmatism,” said Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota. “I think he’s certainly someone who, if he’s not careful, could find himself tarnished if he’s seen as part of an intransigent Tea Party faction.”
Jacobs also points out that Paulsen has been careful to cultivate a profile that would allow him to be competitive in a canada goose outlet uk canada goose uk black friday future statewide race, whether for Senate or governor. “Paulsen has clearly larger ambitions,” Jacobs said. “He needs to be careful that he doesn’t get tarnished as an ideologue.”
Veteran GOP operative Gregg Peppin sees little chance that Paulsen will get dragged down into the shutdown muck given his track record. “He’s always come through very comfortably,” Peppin said. Rep. John Kline finds himself in a similar conundrum. The 2nd Congressional District is similarly Canada Goose Outlet competitive after the 2010 redistricting process, and DFLers have been vowing to give Kline a serious challenge. But in 2012 Kline still won re canada goose factory sale election by 8 percentage points over former state Rep. Mike Obermueller, while canada goose outlet parka Obama narrowly outpolled canada goose black friday sale Mitt Romney in the district. Obermueller is planning to challenge Kline again in cheap canada goose uk the next election cycle. Kline was among nine GOP incumbents against whom the House Majority PAC, which is seeking to win control of the House for Democrats, began a shutdown cheap canada goose related online advertising campaign on Thursday.