September 9, 2022

MinnPost: Yes, there’s a lot of food, but plenty of politics too at the state fair

Tom Weiler has never run for office before, but the Republican congressional candidate knows enough about politics to plan to spend every day at the Minnesota State Fair.

Weiler had a 20-year career as a submariner before illness prompted him to retire from the U.S. Navy and challenge Rep. Dean Phillips to represent the 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses many of Minneapolis’s north, south and west suburbs.

Weiler’s brother John Weiler manned a cardboard submarine at the entrance of the fair’s Minnesota Republican Party headquarters, eager to promote the candidate to curious passersby. Weiler’s father was also there to help.

Lagging behind Phillips in raising political cash, Weiler joked that his relatives were the only campaign staffers he could afford. He said he hoped to gain both name recognition and a boost to his fundraising by working the fair.

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