Rep. Walz builds $700,000 war chest
By Edward Felker
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
WASHINGTON — Rep. Tim Walz, a freshman Democrat from Mankato, says he raised about $250,000 in the third quarter and has close to $700,000 in cash on hand as he prepares for what he expects to be a strong Republican effort to dislodge him from his 1st Congressional District seat.
Walz has no announced Democratic opponent, and no figures were immediately available from the four Republicans who are running for their party’s nomination. Formal campaign reports detailing donations, spending and debts are due to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.
A spokesman for Walz said Wednesday that the representative’s final third-quarter numbers might change as last-minute donations are tallied. Walz said that he hoped to raise more, but that he stopped fundraising during the last two weeks of August in the aftermath of the southern Minnesota floods.
"I haven't spent as much time on it as they’d probably like me to," he said, referring to party leaders.
GOP candidates Brian Davis, a Rochester doctor; State Sen. Dick Day, R-Owatonna; and State Rep. Randy Demmer, R-Hayfield, declined to offer third-quarter estimates when reached on Wednesday. The fourth GOP candidate, Mark Meyer, a Lake Crystal business consultant, could not be reached.
Walz is expected to be among the Republicans’ top targets next year as he seeks to solidify his hold on the district, which was held for 12 years by former Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Rochester. At this point two years ago, Walz had just under $40,000 in cash while Gutknecht had $563,152.
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