Congressional hopeful Tarryl Clark has released her first television ad in the 8th Congressional District, where she is hoping to win a DFL primary and challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Chip Cravaack.
It's a positive ad. The spot doesn't name Cravaak or Clark's two DFL primary opponents directly, but alludes to three issues Cravaack's opponents frequently focus on: corporate tax breaks, Social Security and Medicare.
"The people in Washington have forgotten what it's like to be part of a community. Giving tax breaks to companies who move Minnesota jobs overseas? That's not right," Clark says in the ad. "And Medicare and Social Security? We can't put our seniors at risk. They shouldn't have to worry."
Though former DFL Rep. Rick Nolan won his party's endorsement, Clark has decided to take her campaign to the primary. Former Duluth City Council Member Jeff Anderson is also running in the primary. So far, Clark has posted strong fundraising numbers.
The Clark campaign did not immediately respond to questions about how long the ad will run and how much it has cost the campaign. We'll update this post when we have more details.
Clark campaign spokesman Chris Kluthe has this to say about the duration and cost of the ad:
"We will keep this ad up as long as we think we need to, but haven't made any hard decisions about how long that will be just yet. It is running on Duluth broadcast right now. All I can say about the size of the buy is that it was substantial."