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Senate hopeful visits Shoe Co.

In the middle of an 87-county tour, GOP Senate hopeful Mike McFadden toured Red Wing Shoe Co. July 16 and said one of the things he can do to help companies is make government work better, citing better regulation as one of the key components.

“I’m a business man. I’m not a career politician, I’m a problem solver and my number one priority is going to be to get us back to the road to growth and prosperity,” McFadden said.

McFadden, who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended University of St. Thomas, believes another aspect of getting the economy back on the right track is energy.

“We’re sitting on the doorstep of the energy renaissance here if we allow it to happen in a responsible way,” he said, adding the country has the opportunity to be energy independent for the first time since the 1960s.

McFadden said he’s open to all forms of energy, which is one way to drive energy costs down and get money back in the pockets of Minnesotans, but along with that there is a need to be environmentally responsible.

One way to be responsible, McFadden said, is to make the switch from shipping oil on railways and other options to pipelines.

“The safest way to ship oil is through pipelines,” he said. “I would like to see pipelines approved in a responsible way.”

The farming communities, McFadden added, also have an issue with railroads being tied up with oil cars, making it more difficult for them to ship their products.

“It’s a big issue,” he said of shipping oil over the rails, “there’s a solution to it, it’s sitting right in front of us. We just need to have government that works better.”

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, McFadden will face Jim Abeler, David Carlson, Patrick D. Munro and Ole Savior in the GOP primary Aug. 12. The winner will take on first-term incumbent Al Franken.

McFadden, who said he’s been in general election mode since the start of his campaign, said the country needs to get back on track and he sees the best way to do that is to improve the economy, fix health care and make sure every Minnesotan has access to a quality education.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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