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MN United PAC releases ‘Minnesota 15’ list

Briana Bierschbach//June 26, 2013//

MN United PAC releases ‘Minnesota 15’ list

Briana Bierschbach//June 26, 2013//

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GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

The group that led an effort to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota has released the full list of legislators it plans to defend in their reelection bids.

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court struck struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the MN United PAC released the full “Minnesota 15” list of pro-gay marriage legislators who will be made “priorities” in their reelection campaigns. The list includes the five Republican legislators who voted in favor of the bill, and 10 rural Democrats serving in the House who could be vulnerable after casting their “yes” votes.

“This is a bipartisan group of lawmakers from across our state that voted in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, and they deserve our support,” a Wednesday release from the group read.

Here’s the complete “Minnesota 15” list:

  • DFL Rep. Joe Radinovich, House District 10B
  • DFL Rep. Shannon Savick, House District 27A
  • DFL Rep. Roger Erickson, House District 2A
  • DFL Rep. Tim Faust, House District 11B
  • DFL Rep. John Persell, House District 05A
  • DFL Rep. John Ward, House District 10A
  • GOP Rep. Pat Garofalo, House District 58B
  • DFL Rep. Paul Marquart, House District 4B
  • GOP Rep. Jenifer Loon, House District 48B
  • DFL Rep. Jay McNamar, House District 12A
  • GOP Sen. Branden Petersen, Senate District 35
  • DFL Rep. Tom Anzelc, House District 5B
  • GOP Rep. Andrea Kieffer, House District 53B
  • DFL Rep. Andrew Falk, House District 17A
  • GOP Rep. David FitzSimmons, House District 30B

Minnesotans United’s intentions to defend incumbent Republican legislators is causing some heartburn for GOP activists. Last week, Republican activists in Senate District 35 said they were worried about Petersen taking money from a political fund that would, in other races across the state, work to defeat Republican candidates.

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