Obermueller gets DFL nod in the 2nd District
by T.W. Budig
ECM Capitol reporter
Former state representative Mike Obermueller of Eagan has won the 2nd District DFL endorsement for U.S. House.
He will now challenge five-term Republican Congressman John Kline of Lakeville.
Obermueller, defeated in his second bid for the Minnesota House, bested Dakota County Commissioner and former South St. Paul mayor Kathleen Gaylord and Northfield City Council member Patrick Ganey after three ballots at Rosemount High School today (April 28).
“It’s a tough seat,” Rep. Rick Hansen, DFL-South St. Paul, who was at the convention before needing to leave for a meeting with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.
But Hansen views redistricting as somewhat improving the 2nd District for Democrats.
Obermueller is a good, organized campaigner, said Hansen.
Anyway the Republican U.S. House isn’t that popular with voters, he explained.
According to a Minnesota House biography, Obermueller was adopted and raised on a dairy farm.
He is an attorney by profession.
Obermueller was defeated by Republican Doug Wardlow in the 2010 election, taking about 48 percent of the vote to Wardlow’s 52 percent.
“Congratulations to Mike Obermueller on winning the DFL endorsement today,” said DFL State Party Chairman Ken Martin in a statement.
“John Kline’s time in Washington has expired as he has proven just how out of touch he is with his constituents and the values of Minnesotans,” he said.
“Mike has been a strong, progressive leader who has the experience and the message to win in November, and we will be working side by side with him to make sure he succeeds,” Martin said.