Just days before the DFL gubernatorial primary, Matt Entenza has released a new television ad that goes after DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher.
The new ad claims Kelliher is attacking Entenza and supporting the federal No Child Left Behind program. One of the Entenza campaign’s main talking points involves withdrawing from the program in order to “teach to every child’s potential.”
Jaime Tincher, Kelliher’s campaign manager, said in a statement that it’s disappointing that Entenza would run “misleading” and “negative” ads so close to the primary.
DFL State Chair Brian Melendez also released a statement in response:
“Margaret’s public statements, and her voting record, are clear and consistent: the status quo is unacceptable, and No Child Left Behind must be reformed. Today’s attack is misleading and disappointing. The real issues are creating jobs, getting Minnesotans back to work, balancing the budget, and giving our children a world-class education. With just five days to the primary election, all DFLers need to focus on beating Tom Emmer in November and not give in to the temptation to attack one another.”
Entenza, a former state representative, is squaring off with Kelliher and former one-time U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton in the DFL primary next week.