Peterson Another Dean Johnson?

Minnesota Republicans gathered for the second day of their state convention this morning heard from their congressional candidates, including 7th District challenger Glen Menze.

Menze faces an uphill battle taking on veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in the sprawling western Minnesota district, but he compared his race to one of the biggest 2006 Minnesota election upsets.

Two years ago, Republicans ousted Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, a Willmar Democrat, who Menze said was viewed as "untouchable."

"We retired Dean Johnson," Menze said to GOP activists’ applause and cheers.

"That was not an easy race. It was a hard-fought race," Menze said. "It’s what Republicans can do when they decide to work hard and they really want something."

"And that’s what we need to do in the 7th District," he added.