Walz’s approach does not fit with First District

Gary Andersen, Lee Smith, Fairmont Sentinel - Congressman Tim Walz, D-Minn., has been representing southern Minnesota for nearly 10 years. Enough is enough.

Walz is part of the problem in Washington, D.C., and does not believe he should be held accountable for it.

Most recently, he blamed his vote for Obamacare on the Mayo Clinic. We're sure Mayo doesn't appreciate being tied to the growing disaster. But even if Walz did believe Mayo backed the plan when it passed in 2010, why would that be enough for him? Shouldn't there be more substance to his willingness to overhaul health care?

Walz and many other Democrats in Washington want the country to continue on its path toward European-style socialism. That means nanny-state cradle-to-grave insurances and entitlements that ladle undeserved rewards on those who would prefer not to make an effort in life. Who pays? Everyone else who makes the effort.

If this weren't enough, Walz's supposed area of expertise is veterans issues, since he served in the military. Yet what is the status of the nation's treatment of veterans, many of whom need ongoing care related to the sacrifices they have made for their country? They have been treated shabbily by the Veterans Administration. It's a disgrace that Walz owns, given his tenure.

Republican Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth offers a contrast to all of this. He would bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to Congress. And he would more closely align with the interests of southern Minnesota, its ag economy and citizens here tired of being talked down to from Washington.

We endorse Hagedorn in his efforts to unseat Walz.