Video: Meet Peter Yarrow

posted at 11:31 am on April 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

As we’ve long known, politics makes for strange bedfellows. But out in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, it very nearly made for a particularly strange pairing this week. Congressman Rick Nolan (D – MN8) is running for another term in this D+3 district, and of course that means holding some fundraisers. There’s nothing unusual about that, but unfortunately for Nolan, he scheduled one this month featuring Peter Yarrow.

Yarrow is perhaps best known for his musical work with the group Peter, Paul and Mary back in the heady hippy days of the 60s and for singing Puff the Magic Dragon. Only slightly less well known is Yarrow’s conviction in 1970 for taking “improper liberties” with a 14 year old child in his hotel room after a concert. (Yarrow served a whopping three months in jail on the charge, and was issued a presidential pardon by Jimmy Carter in 1981.)

After first being called out on this inappropriate situation by Republicans, Nolan refused to back down and planned on going ahead with the fundraiser anyway. But this led to the NRCC releasing the following video in his district.

Transcript of the ad:

Meet Peter Yarrow. He was arrested and thrown in jail for child molestation after he admitted to taking “immoral and improper” actions with an underage girl.

But now our Congressman Rick Nolan is raising money with Yarrow. Inviting him into our community. He’s even invited him to his official congressional office. An office paid for by Minnesota taxpayers.

The Duluth News Tribune says “there’s no way Nolan should have picked Yarrow for the event” and that he “shouldn’t have been booked in the first place.”

Yet, Rick Nolan refused to cancel the event, or even answer questions about it.

Rick Nolan. Putting sex offenders ahead of Minnesota families.

Wow. That’s pretty rough even by the standards of no hold barred politics, but Nolan really brought it on himself. In any event, it seems to have finally sunk in to the Congressman that this might not be exactly the type of image he wants to project to Minnesota voters and on Friday he wound up realizing that he had, er… a scheduling conflict.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan canceled his appearance Friday at a fundraising reception that originally had been paired with a concert by entertainer and convicted sex offender Peter Yarrow…

Kendal Killian, Nolan’s campaign manager, who was in Duluth on Friday evening, said the fundraiser had been canceled “because of a scheduling conflict.”

“It had been scheduled at one time,” Killian said. “We want to move past this and talk about issues that matter.”

Killian denied that Nolan canceled the event as a result of its pairing with the Yarrow concert.

“There was no association between Rick Nolan and Mr. Yarrow,” Killian said. “Our schedule changes all the time.”

Candidates’ schedules do change all the time, but this one is particularly curious since Nolan himself had told the same newspaper a rather different story less than five hours earlier.

“I’m into forgiveness and redemption, not still trying to condemn the man,” the congressman said. “What he did was wrong and terrible, but he’s spent a lot of time redeeming himself.

“He’s done a lot of good for a lot of people.”

A forgiving nature is certainly an admirable character trait, but apparently your forgiveness for child molesters begins to run dry once the press takes notice. But not until then. I don’t know if this puts MN-8 in play this fall, but it should certainly be an informative moment for Minnesota voters.


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There’s forgiveness and then there’s forgetfulness.

rbj on April 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Yes, well at least he didn’t say Negr0. Democrat hypocrisy, nothing to see here, not to be spoken of.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

maybe 14 yr girl likes sex with him

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

He only got three months in jail and a presidential pardon for child moslestation. Wow, celebs really do live in a different world than the rest of us.

MrsGsBoyTommy on April 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

“Statutory Rape??? Your honor, If I’d have known she was a statue, I wouldn’t have raped her!!!”

Tom Servo on April 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Even as a father, I say that almost 45 years is a long damn time

TexasJew on April 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

If Killian felt so strongly about “all the good” Mr. Yarrow’s done for “a lot of people” why not be principled (wrong, but principled) and take a stand. Politicians are invertebrates.

ncjetsfan on April 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

He should face charges for felony stupidity.

platypus on April 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I live in this district. This episode won’t matter come November. Nolan is an ineffectual jerk, but he’s got the magic 3 letters after his name (DFL). That’s all that matters up here.

The highest rated TV news in the district didn’t even mention this story on the 6 or 10 o’clock broadcasts. This guy gets nothing but positive press for doing absolutely nothing. The one term Republican he replaced got nothing but negative press even though he accomplished more in that one 2 year term than most Representatives get done in 3 or 4 terms.

AScott on April 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Nolan wanted to invite the “girl” but didn’t have enough star-power.

Another Drew on April 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

TexasJew on April 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I’ve never heard of a cured pedophile, but I guess we can just hope that the parts are so old that they are out of commission. At least he doesn’t have fame going for him anymore.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Excellent: Perhaps this will move Nolan into a risk situation in which he could be swept away by a wave election.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

maybe 14 year girl came on to exiting rock star

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Wow. That’s pretty rough even by the standards of no hold barred politics, but Nolan really brought it on himself.

How is that rough? Sounds perfectly justified to me.

…but he’s spent a lot of time redeeming himself.

“He’s done a lot of good for a lot of people.”

Such as? No, appearing at Democrat fundraisers does not count.

I’m all for personal redemption too, but if he did it once, there’s about a 99.999% chance he did it many times and only got caught once.

Fenris on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Sounds like Nolan will win, but what an unforced error to associate with Perv the Magic Dragon.

22044 on April 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Yarrow’s not the first, nor last, entertainer who has fooled around with an underage groupie.
He just let his “Magic Dragon” get the best of him.

Another Drew on April 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

How would this guy even rate a preznidentiamal pardon?

But I don’t know Nolan is even worried, the good liberals of MN would happily elect Yarrow in his place if he were to run, appearing at a fundraiser with him wouldn’t raise so much as a single leftist eyebrow.

Bishop on April 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Willie Horton!!!111!!!!eleventy!!!

Grammar Nazi on April 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

maybe 14 yr girl likes sex with him

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

maybe 14 year girl came on to exiting rock star

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Please get yourself checked, you are either a sicko or a moron.

VegasRick on April 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

maybe 14 yr girl likes sex with him

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

maybe 14 year girl came on to exiting rock star

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

You are a pretty whacked person. There is good news though, keep up this line of argument and I can rest assured your time here will be minimal.

astonerii on April 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

How did Jimmy Carter pardon this guy. Wasn’t he locked up on state charges…?

JohnGalt23 on April 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Who knew Yarrow was even still alive?

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Even as a father, I say that almost 45 years is a long damn time

TexasJew on April 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I really can’t give excuses, but I am with you on the years. Nice to see you BTW.

upinak on April 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

How did Jimmy Carter pardon this guy. Wasn’t he locked up on state charges…?

JohnGalt23 on April 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

It’s good to be the king…………………..just ask carter II……

VegasRick on April 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I’ve never heard of a cured pedophile, but I guess we can just hope that the parts are so old that they are out of commission. At least he doesn’t have fame going for him anymore.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

We can always hope.

upinak on April 26, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Wow. That’s pretty rough even by the standards of no hold barred politics, but Nolan really brought it on himself.

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Really? Where the hell have you been? Hairy Reid lied about Romney’s tax payments during the Presidential campaign and Pelosi manipulated a tax bill which arose in the Senate by declaring it “deemed passed” by the House in order to pass AAPCP (ØbamaCare). Either of those tactics by Republicans or conservatives would have caused outrageous outrage by every Democrat from wRangel to Øbama and the media would have been the echo chamber for every syllable.
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I don’t know if you are aware of this but sex offenders are unchanged by any kind of incarceration or non-chemical treatment. They want what they want till they die. Maybe Yarrow made a mistake and didn’t check ID or maybe he thought he was untouchable by the law and did whatever he wanted. In any case, there it is, sex offense, lifetime record.
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BTW, the only celebrity this Dem could attract was Peter Yarrow? C’mon, that’s weak right there, obviously.

ExpressoBold on April 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

The amount of time passed doesn’t mean anything, some offenses require a lifetime of shame. I can’t believe people pay to see this piece of crap.

lowandslow on April 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

maybe 14 year girl came on to exiting rock star

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

looks like we got a real dumbass here.

dmacleo on April 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

ExpressoBold, you’ve got it exactly right. Even if you agree with “45 years is a long time” (I don’t) we all know that if a Republican had someone at an event with a statutory rape conviction in their past we’d be hearing “WAR ON WIMMENZ!!!!” 24×7. This is EXACTLY the kind of stuff our side needs to be doing, ram their hypocrisy down their throat.

FOAF on April 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

How did Jimmy Carter pardon this guy. Wasn’t he locked up on state charges…?

JohnGalt23 on April 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Connections.

whatcat on April 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

“I’m into forgiveness and redemption, not still trying to condemn the man,” the congressman said. “What he did was wrong and terrible, but he’s spent a lot of time redeeming himself.

“He’s done a lot of good for a lot of people.”

Just look to Rome, today.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Leftist thugs are never liberal or progressive.

They stole the terms, the ever fascist thuggish lot, all of them.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

looks like we got a real dumbass here.

dmacleo on April 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

i dont like the name dumbass

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

i dont like the name dumbass

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

lots of words I don’t like either, but if they fit I use them.

dmacleo on April 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Somewhere, Roman Polanski smiles.

Thomas More on April 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

If he wanted aging hippies why not invite Paul or Peter Paul and Mary?

Paul Noel Stookey is still left wing however he is actually doing good works with his time after fame. Hugworks, a company he founded in 1986 makes original music for children’s therapy programs — its used in hospitals. While I vehamantly disagree with his politics, Mr. Stookey seems to be doing his best to follow his understanding of Christ. I just don’t understand why someone would ask Mr. Yarrow when Mr. Stookey, who has the same draw power, is available without any chance of bad publicity of the child moslestation conviction and presidential pardon.

talking_mouse on April 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

looks like we got a real dumbass here.

dmacleo on April 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

i dont like the name dumbass

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

You could replace “dumbass” with “dale 1″.

VegasRick on April 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Just for livelikeaslave, from a leftie source too.

HA classic

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Plus, obama and his minions have hired tax-preparers to harass people to sign up for the ‘wonderful’ obama’care’, or the

A
C
A,

not affordable and not care, just a thuggish act.

From Angola to Zimbabwe, there are NO mandates.

70% of the US people hate it.

Never believe anything from the thugs in DC. They hate you.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

talking_mouse on April 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Is Mary still living? I honestly thought these old hippies were all dead…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Who knew Yarrow was even still alive?

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM

He’s still with us-ironically, he’s properly the wackiest of the 3 PP & M members-Paul was and still is one of the leaders in the religious music business these days (although he’s an unabashed liberal).

Sad to say Mary Travers died of leukemia 5 years ago. Met her when she lived here in NH back in the 1980s (a very nice person!) but she moved to CT later, living one town down from Newtown.

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

talking_mouse on April 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Is Mary still living? I honestly thought these old hippies were all dead…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I just answered your question. Great minds, etc.

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Is Mary still living? I honestly thought these old hippies were all dead…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

They just smell that way……………….

VegasRick on April 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Thanks Del…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

They just smell that way……………….

VegasRick on April 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Must not have had “rape tents” back in the 60′s.

wolly4321 on April 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM

maybe 14 year girl came on to exiting rock star

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Yawn.

He wasn’t a “rock star”, because he never played “rock music”.

The dale0 unit was much funnier.

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Now if we only had the same power over cultural Marxists.

Viator on April 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Carter was already worthy of a cornucopia of disdain, but finding out that he pardoned a sex offender, and thus does not take that crime seriously, reveals that he has been existing all this time on an even lower level of wretchedness than I would have ever imagined.

86 on April 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Pedophile, Paul and Mary.

JohnBrown on April 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Hey, abusing 14 year olds, including the Muslim girls, all good in leftist thuggish minds.

Saying something stupid by an ignorant rightie, end of the world for his entire race.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah – “he’s done a lot of good for a lot of people” over the past 45 years.

Sex predators who go after children have an extremely high rate of recidivism. Anyone ready to guarantee Yarrow has kept his magic dragon zipped up during all that time?

GGMac on April 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Plus, what said whitey expressed was edited by CNN, which never gets reported.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Meet Peter Yarrow. He was arrested and thrown in jail for child molestation after he admitted to taking “immoral and improper” actions with an underage girl.

I assume that the pederast Dingy Harry would be a big supporter of Yarrow.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Even as a father, I say that almost 45 years is a long damn time

TexasJew on April 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

My thought, too.

I don’t know if you are aware of this but sex offenders are unchanged by any kind of incarceration or non-chemical treatment.

ExpressoBold on April 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

So, all sorts of “sex offenders” are all the same? There’s no difference between a person who has ‘consensual’ sex* with a slightly underage person, someone who has sex with a prepubescent child, and someone who stalks a woman and rapes her?

Before any of you go off and start ranting about how I’m enabling pedophiles or I shouldn’t be around children, please take a chill pill. I don’t know the details of his case (other than he had sex with a 14yo, and no, I’m not going to go look it up). And I’m not saying that what he did was fine. But I am saying that some folks here (not necessarily ExpressoBold) are acting as if he is a child predator hanging around outside kindergartens.

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

He hasn’t been a long time redeeming himself. He’s just been more careful about getting caught.

crankyoldlady on April 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Forgot my *
* “consensual” has air quotes around it because I was recognizing the distinction between a 14yo wanting sex with someone and the law saying she can’t consent because of her age, no matter how much she says “yes”.

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

He hasn’t been a long time redeeming himself. He’s just been more careful about getting caught.

crankyoldlady on April 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I’m not defending him, but do you have evidence for that statement? Because it is arguably libel.

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Is Mary still living? I honestly thought these old hippies were all dead…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I thought they were too. I know they are one of the iconic hippie groups PBS drags out of their vault for special programming.

crankyoldlady on April 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

That kid is just the one we know about…

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I live in this district. This episode won’t matter come November. Nolan is an ineffectual jerk, but he’s got the magic 3 letters after his name (DFL). That’s all that matters up here.

The highest rated TV news in the district didn’t even mention this story on the 6 or 10 o’clock broadcasts. This guy gets nothing but positive press for doing absolutely nothing. The one term Republican he replaced got nothing but negative press even though he accomplished more in that one 2 year term than most Representatives get done in 3 or 4 terms.

AScott on April 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Is this Jim Oberstar’s old district? It sure does produce slimy Dems if so.

Oberstar was the one, at the request of Pelosi, who picked off Bart Stupak’s group when Obamacare was stalled for lack of pro-life protection. Oberstar snuck around the House floor, and told each in the group, “Im a good Catholic, and Obama’s executive order is more than pro-life enough for me..” Eventually Stupak was alone, and caved.

Wethal on April 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Jimmah should be ashamed of himself for pardoning this creepy perv…

OmahaConservative on April 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Heh! I’d place PP&M well before hippies. Tail end of the Beatniks, midst of the folk song disco like era.

And here is even better news. Look how many states Muslims have turned red!

BL@KBIRD on April 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

It’s nice how revolting birds of a feather flock together. keeps them in one place, eh? His late singing partner was a charming piece of work herself:

“I had to have a bone marrow transplant. It’s been a terrible year,” she told me. “I just learned the donor’s name is also Mary. She has two daughters. I have two daughters. See, just in case something goes wrong, you must wait a year before you can communicate with them.

…Mary laughed and added: “The problem was, I’m a lifelong Democrat. I was terrified that if she’s a Republican, I could go into the voting booth and, like Dr. Strangelove, my whole brain could change around. When we finally spoke I asked her about this. There was a pause then she said, ‘But I am a Republican.

So I said, ‘Well, hell, I guess it’s about time the Republicans did something nice for me.‘ “

tree hugging sister on April 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Liberals never cease to amaze. Maybe he thought she was at least 16.

Philly on April 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM

maybe 14 yr girl likes sex with him

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Does NOT justify pedophilia, by Yarrow or anyone else.

Adults are expected to be in control of “urges” that offend youth, corrupt youth or indulge youth in youth’s NON mature actions. Most kids would eat ice-cream, cake, candy and watch TV in dirty clothes for days on end if *someone* permitted them to.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

That kid is just the one we know about…

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Exactly.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 2:33 PM

…But I am saying that some folks here (not necessarily ExpressoBold) are acting as if he is a child predator hanging around outside kindergartens.

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Many of us adults are familiar with the “infinite rationalizations” that typify sexual abuse, especially as it pertains to those who victimize children (and by “children” I refer to all humans under-age as to the ability to make responsible decisions about their life-course and daily activities beyond a critical level).

There are ALWAYS rationalizations by perpetrators of those who exploit children, particularly sexually. Many of us adults have heard a litany of those rationalizations and recognize the BS involved when we hear or read it.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

But I am saying that some folks here (not necessarily ExpressoBold) are acting as if he is a child predator hanging around outside kindergartens.

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 1:27 PM

What you’re doing is blaming the victim. In this case, the victim is the female CHILD Yarrow admits to sexually exploiting. “She made him do it” is his excuse, because, well, “she wanted to do it, too.” That she was underage isn’t Yarrow’s concern.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Yeah, yeah, yeah – “he’s done a lot of good for a lot of people” over the past 45 years.

Sex predators who go after children have an extremely high rate of recidivism. Anyone ready to guarantee Yarrow has kept his magic dragon zipped up during all that time?

GGMac on April 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

To restate the obvious, sexual predators pursue those who cannot grant consent BECAUSE sexual predators can’t handle the consent issue. So they “prey” upon those who can’t, or won’t in the case of rape of an adult, consent — consent is the interactive agreement two adults exchange with one another and that’s the hurdle predators can’t handle.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting/working with Mr. Yarrow. I was directing a live segment for a local television station, Yarrow was in town for an event, and was at the station to promote it. We had to dump out of the interview early, as he was being vulgar and clearly had no desire to be there. His first name might very well be Peter – be he was a true D!ck.

Hill60 on April 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

“He’s done a lot of good for a lot of people.”

Sorry. God judges by a different set of standards.

Cleombrotus on April 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Hill60

Obviously you didn’t realize he was SOMEBODY and react with appropriate fealty.

So far, two out of the three in the group were complete asshats. Any bets on the third member?

tree hugging sister on April 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

I used to be quite the Peter Paul & Mary fan. The last time I saw them together (and that was a long time ago) I wasn’t the solid conservative I am today, and my impression THEN of Peter Yarrow was the farthest left leaning liberal I had ever come across.

BarnicleBros on April 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM

maybe 14 yr girl likes sex with him

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

maybe 14 year girl came on to exiting rock star

dale1 on April 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

You are a pretty whacked person. There is good news though, keep up this line of argument and I can rest assured your time here will be minimal.

astonerii on April 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

You shoulda seen the crapweasel’s posts last night on the QOTD… Surprised the hammer didn’t come out then…It should have…

bimmcorp on April 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM

What you’re doing is blaming the victim.

Lourdes on April 26, 2014 at 2:43 PM

WTH are you talking about?!? I am doing no such thing.

GWB on April 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

He’s a communist.

If we had killed him for that, the child would never have been in danger.

We let them run wild, though, and now they run the government.

Adjoran on April 26, 2014 at 5:13 PM

He’s a sex offender, but not a child molester. That’s called “statutory rape,” meaning she’s legally a child, but certainly as a TEENAGER has the hormones to make her own bad decisions. I’m guessing he indulged his whims with a willing groupie whose parents (or the police) were understandably teed off.

RockinRickOwen on April 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Birds of a feather flock together…the party of the immoral…hey they support killing babies in the womb, homosexual marriage so what’s a little child molestation. Really Minnesota how can you vote for these immoral people….

crosshugger on April 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Is this Jim Oberstar’s old district? It sure does produce slimy Dems if so.

Oberstar was the one, at the request of Pelosi, who picked off Bart Stupak’s group when Obamacare was stalled for lack of pro-life protection. Oberstar snuck around the House floor, and told each in the group, “Im a good Catholic, and Obama’s executive order is more than pro-life enough for me..” Eventually Stupak was alone, and caved.

Wethal on April 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Yes, it is. Remarkably, it was this action that got Oberstar tossed out onto his arse after so many years. Turnout was not as heavy with the youth up here in 2010 and the old folks may be reliably DFL, but they’re not real big on publicly funded abortion.

Cravaack was a middle of the road Republican (certainly not conservative enough for many here at Hot Gas) and he represented this district very well. Nolan is a place holder. I’m not sure yet who the DFL will anoint as his replacement, but the bench is deep for them here.

We really need to move. This state, and this district, is killing us.

AScott on April 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Nolan could be beaten — Stuart Mills is going to be the Republican candidate and he’s got a lot of advantages. Nolan is very much a placeholder.

One other thing that might make a difference — Mark Dayton tossed aside his Lt. Governor, who is from the 8th, to run with an DFL apparatchik this time around. He sent the message that he’s taking the Rangers for granted. That could prove to be a big miscalculation.

Mr. D on April 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Once again, we hear from the world of LibTard that if a Hollywood insider or Democrat politician takes advantage of a young female, or does drugs, or anything else because it feels good at that moment, then they are absolved of all sin.

What could go wrong with this kind of thinking. Don’t know about y’all, but I already have my house in the wild, and am buying ammo.

WestTexasBirdDog on April 26, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Nolan could be beaten — Stuart Mills is going to be the Republican candidate and he’s got a lot of advantages. Nolan is very much a placeholder.

One other thing that might make a difference — Mark Dayton tossed aside his Lt. Governor, who is from the 8th, to run with an DFL apparatchik this time around. He sent the message that he’s taking the Rangers for granted. That could prove to be a big miscalculation.

Mr. D on April 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I agree with your analysis re: Dayton dumping Prettner-Solon. A lot of folks I’ve spoken with don’t like the way she has been treated by Dayton’s administration and the way she was unceremoniously dumped.

I wish I shared your optimism when it comes to Nolan. He’s non-controversial enough that I don’t hear much talk of replacing him. Mills seems a good candidate and I think he’d be good for the district. I hope I’m wrong, I just don’t feel the energy that was in the air before Oberstar was kicked. Perhaps that level of energy won’t be needed, though.

I think Dayton is in bigger trouble than Nolan. I’m just an amateur observer in all of this, though. I’ve not been able to figure out the people that live up here in the least in the 15 years I’ve lived amongst them.

AScott on April 27, 2014 at 12:41 AM

Even as a father, I say that almost 45 years is a long damn time

TexasJew on April 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

And as a father, with a wife that works day in and day out with child victims of crime, almost exclusively sexual abuse;
And after having a twenty-year career in law enforcement, and watching the irreparable damage done to victims; And having arrested many predators of many types…

..there is *no* predator as wily or committed as the pedophile.
His “I didn’t know she was 14″ and “Hey, everyone was doing it, it was the 70′s and I got caught” excuses, are CLASSIC staples of child sexual predators.

…You be as comfortable as you want, and forgive who you like, I am not here to judge or save you…I am simply here to warn you about the crocodile lurking under the surface of the water.

And no, I don’t forgive, because I am *not* a good Christian…and I’m really ok with that. Perhaps Jesus will someday forgive me for that, but frankly, I’m not changing. This guy is scum, and he can burn for all I care…and so can anyone that associates with him freely.

a5minmajor on April 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM

The republican candidate, Stewart Mills, will WIN this race this year. Nolan is toast. If this ad ran in Duluth, trust me, it will get legs. Mills is outstanding!

MN J on April 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM