Nolan campaign tries to fight back on abortion issue

Former Congressman Rick Nolan’s 8th District Congressional campaign put out a fundraising appeal from the candidate’s wife accusing outside groups of misrepresenting Nolan’s position on legalized abortion.

Emily’s List has reportedly poured nearly $200,000 into TV ads and campaign literature criticizing Nolan and supporting his DFL primary opponent former State Sen. Tarryl Clark. The group cites Nolan’s vote in favor of the Hyde Amendment in the mid-1970s which restricted federal payments for abortion. Nolan later switched positions on the issue and voted for legislation that provided public funding for abortions.

In her fundraising appeal Mary Nolan says her husband has been fighter for women’s rights for more than 30 years.

“Make no mistake – outside groups have recently been distorting Rick’s record on these issues and comparing him to our current anti-choice Representative Chip Cravaack. That is why I need your help today to stand up to those who attempt to distort his record on women’s healthcare issues.”

Nolan, Clark and former Duluth City Council President Jeff Anderson are competing in tomorrow’s DFL primary. The winner will face Cravaack in November’s general election.

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