Minnesota Congress hopeful's TV pitch questioned
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota congressional candidate asked Monday that a television ad featuring him vouching for a construction company be pulled down amid campaign finance questions.
Republican candidate Tom Emmer appeared in an ad for Elk River-based Integrity Exteriors & Remodelers Inc. while noting his candidacy and standing by a banner spelling out his congressional ambitions.
Emmer adviser David FitzSimmons said in a written statement that the remodeler worked on the campaign's new office and the candidate was merely offering a testimonial.
"It was not Tom's intention for this testimonial to be used in a broadcast capacity or advertisement for the campaign, and we have asked Integrity to discontinue its use," FitzSimmons said.
It's not clear how Emmer will account for the TV spot on his federally required finance reports.
An employee at the Elk River-based construction firm deferred comment to the company's owner, Andrew Dahlberg, who wasn't immediately available.
Mention of the 30-second ad first appeared on the left-leaning Bluestem Prairie blog.
Emmer is running for retiring GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann's seat.
Emmer is among several Republicans angling to replace Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. He was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010.
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