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Shelby undecided on rumored Congressional run: 'I've been asked'


The Star Tribune is reporting that former WCCO-TV and current BringMeTheNews anchor Don Shelby is considering a run for Congress against Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District.

"I've been asked," Shelby says in a statement through BringMeTheNews. "I'm flattered. It's worth thinking about, but I haven’t in any way made up my mind."

The Star Tribune's Kevin Diaz says a possible Shelby bid came out of the mouth of Rep. Collin Peterson, the DFLer from Minnesota's 7th District, at a Washington fundraiser Wednesday.

Though Diaz quotes Democratic sources pondering such a run by what would be a high-recognition candidate against Paulsen, a Republican, Shelby says he's not necessarily in the DFL tent.

"It’s not unusual," Shelby's statement continues. "I've been asked 30 times in the past to run for public office from all three parties."

The newspaper reports that Peterson's remarks were at a luncheon attended by 30 to 40 Democratic lobbyists, contributors and activists, and two confirmed the Congressman's remarks.

Shelby, 66, joined BringMeTheNews in March 2012, after more than 30 years at the anchor desk at WCCO. He lives in the 3rd District.

BringMeTheNews has no comment.

"I’ve listened to everyone, I'm flattered by the thought," Shelby concludes in his statement. "My family and I will consider it and make the decision."

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