This article is surprising because it’s something nobody had heard these rumors. The article starts with a sentence that says “Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) told KFGO that he’s leaning against voting to impeach President Trump — but won’t switch parties.”
Peterson issued this statement:
I’m staying in the party, in spite of some of the stuff that’s going on that I don’t agree with, I am not going switch parties at this stage of my career. There have been overtures by the highest levels of the Republican party in the last couple weeks to ask if I would consider it and I told them no.
That fits with Chairman Peterson’s character. Had Peterson switched parties, it would’ve been one of the biggest switches in recent political history. That being said, Peterson is in the fight of his political life.
According to Lt. Gov. Fischbach, a) President Trump won the district by 31 points in 2016 and b) Chairman Peterson has “voted against President Trump 85% of the time“, including voting against funding the wall. That isn’t exactly the fastest way to endear yourself to MN-7 voters. While President Trump was winning the district by 31 points, Peterson won by a meager 5.03%. In fact, Peterson defeated his GOP opponent by just 4.26% in 2018.
Still, there’s been some visible tension between Peterson and Pelosi. Peterson got Speaker Pelosi’s cold shoulder when she announced that a deal had been reached on the USMCA trade agreement. Rather than having Peterson at the press availability, Pelosi invited Richard Neal, the Democrats’ chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. As chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Peterson wasn’t invited. Then there’s this:
In the report, Peterson is quoted as saying that a) President Trump didn’t commit a crime and b) the Democrats relied on second- and third-hand information. Those are big sticking points with House Democrats. That pretty much guts the Democrats’ case. If the Democrats are getting along with Peterson, why is he torching their impeachment case?
Stay tuned to LFR for more twists and turns in this race. This one might be a major upset if Republicans flip Peterson’s seat.