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February 6, 2016

Minnesota Republican Challenger Airs First TV Ad

Nolan is facing a competitive GOP challenge. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minnesota Republican Stewart Mills went up on air Monday with a bio spot touting his commitment to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Mills is challenging Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan for a northern Minnesota-based seat in a race rated Leans Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Mills, whose family owns a popular hunting and sporting goods chain in the Midwest, says in the 30-second spot that he helps run the business’ healthcare program for the companies’ “thousands of employees” and therefore knows the healthcare overhaul needs to be replaced.

“Every day I see how Obamacare is hurting small businesses and the middle class. As your congressman, I’ll replace it,” Mills says in the ad.

Mills’ campaign said the ad will air in the Duluth and Twin Cities markets, but declined to comment on how much money is behind the buy. As of March 31, Mills had $356,000 in cash on hand.

First elected to Congress in 1974, Nolan won a comeback bid last cycle to return to Capitol Hill. He defeated GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack by a 9-point margin, while Obama carried the district with 52 percent.


    Another thing that the republicans should be “ashamed” of, is the fact that they STILL haven’t passed the unemployment extension bill, for the 2.6 million unemployed families in this country. Since late last December, the republicans have held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, to get the Koch Brother’s XL Oil Pipeline approved in return for their vote on the extension bill. The republicans have used these unfortunate families as bargaining chips, not caring about what these families are going through. Many of these families have lost everything, while waiting these past five months for the extension bill to pass, to help them survive financially until they find employment. The republicans have continued to make delay after delay, stalling so that time would run out for the passing of the bill in the senate. This was a deliberate act, and these families will now have to continue suffering and struggling without any income. The republicans have shown a total lack of compassion, and common decency towards these families. There are now 2.6 million unemployed, and the number is growing every week. The American people are angry and will voice their anger at the ballot box in the coming elections. They will remember how the republican senate made their lives a living hell.

  • John

    Senator Koch does not have a vote. If you don’t think liberals don’t have deep pockets, think again. I guess ideas that provide decent wages is not on your agenda, just how to perpetuate the effects of the recession.

  • Plutark Heavensbee

    Those possessed with utopian delusions attack and undermine the key institutions, such as private property, upon which civilization depends.

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