Former DFL state Rep. Mike Obermueller released his first television ad, Politics Minnesota reports. Obermueller is going up against incumbent U.S. Rep. John Kline in the 2nd Congressional District.
The ad focuses on a fictional pizza shop and poses the question: "What if you ran a business like the federal government?" Obermueller, narrator in the ad, criticizes wasteful government spending and tax breaks for millionaires.
The Pioneer Press reports the district leans to the right, according to a 2010 analysis of statewide elections showing 52 percent voting Republican, but Politics Minnesota says redistricting made the district slightly more DFL friendly.
Kline has also raised more money, the Pioneer Press says. Campaign Finance reports Kline has raised $1.8 million with $1.4 million in the bank through the end of July while Obermueller raised just more than $300,000 by the end of July and had $227,000 cash on hand.