Friday’s adjournment marked the start of the August recess, and national Republicans are using the occasion to target DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan with a new $24,000 TV ad campaign.
The advertisement, paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee, slams Nolan for a recent vote he took against a veterans affairs bill. Nolan was one of just four members of the House to oppose the bill, which passed in June. At the time of the vote, Nolan released a statement saying he’d cast his vote “in protest,” saying it underfunded veterans’ medical and disability programs.
Nolan’s account of his his vote does not make the cut in the ad, which features numerous shots of men and women in uniform.
“Nolan voted against life-saving medical care,” proclaims a voiceover. “Against the benefits [veterans] earned for their families.”
Nolan’s 2012 election bid returned him to House following a 30-year hiatus. He has one declared Republican challenger, Mills Fleet Farm Vice-President Stewart Mills, who has criticized Nolan for his support of gun control legislation. A poll conducted for the NRCC last month showed Nolan and Mills tied, each with 36 percent support, while 28 percent of the 8th District was undecided.
The ad will be aired in the Duluth market.
View the ad below.