ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrat Jim Graves is attacking Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann with a new TV ad featuring workers who lost their jobs at a Sartell paper mill.
Graves started running the ad Wednesday on Twin Cities networks as he tries to upset Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th District in the northern suburbs and St. Cloud area.READ MORE: Winter Flower Show
The ad shows several workers who say they didn’t hear from Bachmann after an explosion and fire led to the closure of Verso Paper Corp.’s mill, putting almost 260 out of work. One worker accuses Bachmann of being “too worried about her own career.”READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 57 More Deaths Added To State's Toll; Positivity Still Inching Down
Bachmann’s campaign is calling the ad “a false character smear” and says she has been involved since the explosion, including sending letters to Sartell residents offering help.
A Graves spokeswoman says the campaign is spending $60,000 on both the paper mill ad and another ad introducing Graves this week and about $240,000 next week.MORE NEWS: 'All I Can Do Is Work': Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Says He Was 'Meant To Be' Vikings' GM
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