by David Nir
Leading Off:• MN-08: The establishment is certainly rallying around ex-Rep. Rick Nolan, as he seeks an unlikely comeback to the House after retiring thirty (!) years ago. All six Democratic members of the state’s congressional delegation—Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz—were set to appear at a DC fundraiser for Nolan on Wednesday. So was ex-Rep. Jim Oberstar, the man who held this seat until he was shockingly upset in 2010 by Republican Chip Cravaack. Two other notable names also helped to host the event: Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and California Rep. George Miller who, like Nolan, were originally elected to the House in 1974, the year of the Watergate scandal. Trivia question: Who else first won office that year and is still serving in Congress?