Redistricting Moves Sen. Lillie From Woodbury, Decision Looms
Meanwhile, the Republican state senator called U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum a “downtown urbanist” and said her “radicalism” won’t sit well with some in the new congressional district.
Lillie, of Lake Elmo, lives in what is now Senate District 39, the same district as fellow Republican Sen. Ray Vandeveer, a longtime lawmaker from northern Washington County.
Lillie said he has built strong connections and relationships in Woodbury and it will be a “challenge” to move forward.
“I thought that I had their general support,” Lillie said of Woodbury residents.
Has he considered a move to Woodbury?
Still, Lillie wasn’t quite ready to say what office he may run for in 2012.
Asked if he would consider vying for the 4th Congressional District seat, Lillie said it would be “an interesting discussion.”
He did chime in on the possibility of Congresswoman Betty McCollum representing Woodbury in the newly redrawn district, which includes St. Paul and stretches east into the middle of Washington County.
Lillie called McCollum a “downtown urbanist” and said her “radicalism” wouldn’t sit well with some in the new congressional district. He also noted her opposition to the St. Croix River Crossing Project.
“I think she has to answer to her constituents,” Lillie said. “I don’t think it’s a healthy option.”
In a statement issued Tuesday, McCollum said she plans to run in the 4th District. (Congresswoman Michele Bachmann lives in the new district but says she plans to run in the 6th District.)
“For the residents of Woodbury, Stillwater and all new 4th District voters, I look forward to working hard to earn your support in the upcoming months,” McCollum said in a statement. “(Tuesday), the congressional map may have changed, but my values haven’t. I will continue working for a strong economy, good jobs, quality schools, a clean environment, and smart investments in transportation infrastructure.”