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May 1, 2016

Howe for Congress Statement on the DFL Endorsement of Angie Craig

In response to the Minnesota DFL’s endorsement of Angie Craig yesterday, John Howe released the following statement.

“Endorsing Angie Craig is yet another example of the DFL’s inexorable sprint towards European-like socialism,” said Howe.  “Angie Craig is simply the political embodiment of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders rolled into one  –  another liberal who loves big government. America cannot afford Angie Craig in Congress.”

That said, she is going to be a formidable opponent in what is increasingly a swing district.

“To win in November, Second District Republicans need to endorse a candidate that has the experience and wherewithal to defeat Angie Craig and her formidable campaign,” said Howe. “I am the only candidate who can do that.  I am the only Republican in the race that has ran and won tough elections and the only Republican in the race with the resources necessary to win and the solutions to solve our nation’s debt crisis.”

April 6, 2016

Guns and Butter

In Minnesota, hunting, fishing, gun rights and conservation are not just “talking points” but a way of life.

Like you I was taught from an early age to have respect for the richness of our land and water resources. As a part of that, I also grew up with a heritage of enjoying the great outdoors that included hunting and fishing. Guns, and the right to bear arms, are an important part of that heritage.

Most Minnesotans either enjoy fishing and hunting directly or are steeped in this culture through their friends and family members who do. There may not
be a single Minnesotan who hasn’t eaten fresh crappie, venison or walleye, or spent time at a cabin by a lake or at one of Minnesota’s pristine State Parks.

Born and raised in a Minnesota farming family, I lived this culture every day growing up. I had my first hunting license by the time I was 12. I have been an avid outdoors-man for over 40 years and have spent some of the best days of my life hunting or fishing with friends, family and other people I have met along the way.

I believe in this way of life so much that in 1985 (well before it was popular) I successfully sued the city of St. Cloud as a private citizen to defend Minnesotans’ gun rights.

As a Senator there was no better friend to the Sportsmen and Sportswomen of Minnesota than me . . . not only defending our right to hunt and fish, but also the Second Amendment rights of all Minnesotans.

If Republicans are going to win this seat we need to nominate someone who resonates with the people of the 2nd District who share these uniquely Minnesota values. I believe that I am this candidate. I am a local businessman who shares our culture and actually has a track record of standing up for our values and winning tough elections.

March 30, 2016

ICYMI – National Journal: 2nd CD at Risk

Late last week the respected publication National Journal published an article titled: “Why 

Republicans Could Lose a House Seat in Minnesota.”

The article identifies Jason Lewis and his past comments as some of the key factors that put the Second Congressional District at risk for

Republicans.  Here is an excerpt from that article:

“The latest is­sue to roil the race was the un­cov­er­ing of past com­ments on wo­men and slavery from an­oth­er GOP can­did­ate, former ra­dio talk show host Jason Lewis … In his 2011 book, Lewis wrote that Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln ‘ex­ploited the is­sue’ of slavery.”

Click here to read the full article:

Not only did Jason Lewis stand by his past comments, he also said something else that was very revealing…he said: “We don’t have to spend half a million dollars. … I’ve got a loyal following.”

What this means, of course, is that Jason will not have the money to be competitive, much less have the money to defend himself against the DFL attacks that are sure to come. But the Democrats WILL have the money to win the District.  As stated by the National Journal: “Wealthy businesswoman Angie Craig faces a clear path to the Democratic nomination and had nearly $1 million in cash on hand by Dec. 31.”  Thus, the Democrats are united and primed to win.

Republicans cannot risk this seat.  We need to nominate someone who is a proven conservative, has a proven record of winning elections and has the money to defeat Angie Craig.

March 30, 2016

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Why Republicans Could Lose a House Seat in Minnesota

… “The latest is­sue to roil the race was the un­cov­er­ing of past com­ments on wo­men and slavery from an­oth­er GOP can­did­ate, former ra­dio talk show host Jason Lewis.

“Jason has said a lot of out­rageous and in­defens­ible things over the years,” said St. Paul-based Re­pub­lic­an con­sult­ant Bri­an Mc­Clung, who was a spokes­man for former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. “And that would make it much more dif­fi­cult for Re­pub­lic­ans to hold the seat.”

In his 2011 book, Lewis wrote that Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln “ex­ploited the is­sue” of slavery. On his ra­dio show in 2012, Lewis said, “There’s something about young, single wo­men where they’re be­hav­ing like Step­ford wives. They walk in lock­step. Is that really the most im­port­ant thing to a 25-year-old un­mar­ried wo­man—get­ting me to pay for her pills?” He also as­ser­ted that single wo­men are “simply ig­nor­ant of the im­port­ant is­sues in life,” re­marks that promp­ted former Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ate Pam Myhra to call for him to end his cam­paign.

Click here to read the full article.

March 1, 2016

Statement by John Howe on Pam Myhra’s decision to suspend her campaign

I want to thank Pam Myhra and her supporters for running a good, issue oriented campaign that raised the level of political discourse. She is a strong leader and principled conservative who has served with great distinction in the legislature. Her thoughtful responses at the campaign forums raised the level of the debate among the candidates. Her presence on the campaign trail will be missed. I wish her all of the best in her future endeavors. I guarantee the political process has not seen the last of Pam Myhra. 

December 8, 2015

John Howe Speaks to the MNGOP State Central Committee


Saturday, December 5th / Monticello, MN – Candidates running for the second congressional district of Minnesota address the Minnesota Republican State Central Committee.  John Howe shares his vision for the second congressional district.

September 22, 2015

John Howe Announces Campaign for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District

(Red Wing, MN) – Surrounded by his wife, Lisa, and family, former state Sen. John Howe today announced his campaign for Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.

“I’ve been approached by many friends and supporters asking me to consider running for this open Congressional seat,” said Howe. “I’m humbled by the expressions of support, and after a lot of discussion and consideration, I have decided to launch this campaign.”

“I’m not a career politician and am not pursuing this because I need a job. Washington D.C. is filled with too many people who are political insiders,” Howe continued. “I’ve spent my life building my businesses and raising my family.”

“I want to go to Congress to get things done and rein in wasteful government spending.” Howe added.  “Congress needs more people that will work to provide common sense solutions, end the gridlock and go home instead of focusing on getting re-elected.”

“While I don’t like the influence of money on politics, the truth is that this campaign will be expensive,” said Howe.  “Before I begin asking others to support my campaign, I think it’s important to demonstrate my own commitment by making a substantial personal contribution to this campaign.”

“Ultimately, however, campaigns are not about money, they are about ideas,” Howe said. “Over the past seven years we’ve seen a decline in this country’s standing around the world, and we’ve seen a tepid economic recovery at home. Voters can see that Washington is not working, and I’m anxious to bring common sense and a businessman’s perspective to the challenges we face.”

John Howe lives in Red Wing, MN with his wife Lisa where they are raising their three children, one in college and two attending public schools.  John has started successful businesses including Sears stores and property development.