Rep. Kurt Bills wins Republican U.S. Senate endorsement
by T.W. Budig
ECM Capitol reporter
Rep. Kurt Bills has won the Republican Party endorsement for U.S. Senate.
Bills won in the second ballot at the Republican State Convention in St. Cloud today (May 18), garnering some 1353 votes — breaking the 60 percent endorsement mark — against contenders Pete Hegseth’s vote total of 316 votes and former state representative Dan Severson’s total of 439 votes.
“I have been teaching economics for 15 years, and I am running to bring ECON 101 to Washington,” said Bills, a high school economics and government teacher at Rosemount High School.
“American can’t afford another four years of Obamanomics. Amy Klobuchar has voted in lock step with (President) Barack Obama, and the result is a sluggish economy, more debt, and too much unemployment,” said Bills.
Asked what was the first thing he would now do as the endorsed U.S. Senate candidate, Bills said he would teach his first hour advance economics class at Rosemount High School.
Bills has been teaching the class through the legislative session and Senate campaign.
“All three people are quality men,” said Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, of Bills, Severson, and Hegseth.
Dettmer, who supported Hegseth, a former student, thought the first ballot would be closer.
Bills missed a first ballot endorsement by only a 146 votes.
Both Hegseth and Severson have indicated they would abide by the endorsement.