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After publicly considering running for Congress himself, Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski has endorsed Sen. Mike Parry's bid against DFL Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District.

Drazkowski endorses Parry for Congress

Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Republican Rep. Steve Drazkowski has endorsed Sen. Mike Parry‘s campaign against  DFL Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District after previously considering his own bid for the seat.

Parry, a two-term senator from Waseca, announced the endorsement in a campaign email on Monday.

“After five years in Washington, Congressman Tim Walz has represented the values of Washington liberals like Nancy Pelosi and not the values of southern Minnesota,” Drazkowski said in a statement. “I’m convinced that Mike will build the grassroots campaign to defeat Congressman Walz.  As a small business owner, he is best equipped to go to Washington and rein in wasteful government spending and jump-start our economy.”

Drazkowksi, a Mazeppa native serving his third term in the House, previously told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that he was not ruling out a run against Walz in the district. His endorsement signals his intention to stay out of the race.

For more coverage on the race, read Paul Demko‘s Capitol Report piece here.

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