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Newest Klobuchar challenger is veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq

Captain Pete Hegseth is a Bronze Star recipient who led the national group Vets for Freedom. His campaign staff will be led by the same woman who helped Republican Chip Cravaack upset longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar two years ago.
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Captain Pete Hegseth is a Bronze Star recipient who led the national group Vets for Freedom. His campaign staff will be led by the same woman who helped Republican Chip Cravaack upset longtime Congressman Jim Oberstar two years ago.

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