Democratic super PAC to attack Mills in CD 8 race

WASHINGTON – A Democratic super PAC and a labor union plan to spend $150,000 in the next week on TV ads critical of Republican Stewart Mills, who’s challenging DFL Congressman Rick Nolan in the 8th District.

The ad campaign from the House Majority PAC and AFSCME labor union comes a week after Mills raised more than Nolan in the most recent quarterly fundraising reports. On Friday, Nolan was also put in a special program for House Democrats facing tough reelection fights that gives candidates help with fundraising and logistical support.

The ad goes after Mills’ personal wealth and his opposition to a higher minimum wage and taxes.

It’s the first significant move by Democrats in the district and is a sign the party and its allies are concerned the seat is at risk. Mills has been spending heavily, including a personal loan to his campaign, to run his own biographical ads for the past month and also received a boost earlier this year after the Chamber of Commerce spent $500,000 on ads promoting him.

UPDATE: The Mills campaign says Democrats deceptively edited together the quote of Mills they rely on in the ad. You can see the campaign’s complaint here and the original video of the event here.