Peterson reflects on career, says voters will punish extreme partisans
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR) – Collin Peterson spent 30 years representing Minnesota’s 7th District as a member of Congress, most recently, as Chairman of the influential House Agriculture Committee.
Peterson, who was the last Democrat to represent a rural district in the House, says he worked hard to ensure that the Agriculture Committee remained bi-partisan. But he says with new people in charge, that’s going to be difficult to continue.
Peterson says he doesn’t miss Congress because “it’s a mess.”
“And it’s just gotten worse. You know, we’ve elected some more liberal members. And the thing is, about the Democrats now, they represent urban and suburban districts; not rural districts. And that is creating an issue.”
Peterson says the political wedge dividing Congress began years ago with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He says what’s happening in Congress now is not sustainable, and he says sooner or later, there will be a price to pay.
“I have faith in the country, in the people. I think they will figure this out. And they will punish the people behaving this way, on both sides, and we’ll get back to a normal situation where we can actually run the country. I think Trump is done. You know, he can do whatever he wants to do. I don’t think he’s going to come back, no matter what.”
“I did my duty. I went to Washington. I represented my district in a bi-partisan way, the best I knew how.”
Peterson says he’s already spoken with some companies about possible opportunities and says he’d like to continue being an advocate for rural America.