DFL buys ad time to support Nolan

After the latest fundraising reports showed their endorsed candidate trailing a challenger in fundraising, the DFL state party is stepping in with a TV ad in the 8th Congressional District.

The Minnesota DFL today released this ad in support of party-endorsed candidate Rick Nolan.

It focuses on Nolan’s previous experience as a member of Congress and his roots in the 8th. The party expects to spend $100,000 to run the ad on Duluth broadcast and cable channels between now and the Aug. 14 primary, but a DFL spokeswoman cautioned that the amount could change.

Though Nolan has won his party’s endorsement, he’s still locked in a primary battle with Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson, two other Democrats vying to take on Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack this fall. And Clark raised nearly twice as much money as Nolan in the second quarter of the year.

In a press release announcing the ad, DFL party chair Ken Martin said it’s time for the district’s Democrats to unite around one candidate.

“With the general election less than four months away, it’s more important than ever that we unify behind the candidate who is ready to send Chip Cravaack packing and get to work creating jobs and helping rebuild the economy in Northern Minnesota,” Martin said. “That candidate is Rick Nolan, and we are proud to stand by him in this race.”

Nolan raised $127,721 last quarter for his campaign. Clark raised $232,128, while Anderson raised $50,095.

  • SMplsMom

    I thought the DFL was trying to climb out of debt itself? Seems that protecting an endorsement against other democrats is a better use of their very limited resource than focusing on getting someone into office who shares their values. And if you look at any of the half-dozen Nolan signs that are up in the Eigth, Ken Martin and the DFL had to buy those too. What is so awesome about Rick Nolan that he’s worth throwing the rest of the state’s democrats under the bus for?

  • David Gray

    Maybe folks from south minneapolis should stop trying to tell the 8th District what to do.

  • 8thDistrict

    Maybe the lady from south minneapolis has a point? I’m from the 8th so maybe I have more of a say… so I ditto her comment!

  • Char

    Rick Nolan has the experience and has gone thru all the appropriate endorsement steps and thus deserves DFL party funding.

  • Ivan Zenker

    I also think consider who is the strongest candidate. I know from experience that while I lived in Woodbury Tarryl Clark was an effective candidate in a district stacked against her for Michelle Bachmann. We finally moved to Rochester and get to have a DFL congress person in Tim Waltz.