Mills ramps up gun rights in campaign against Nolan


Stewart Mills, who is seeking the GOP nomination to run against Rick Nolan in Minnesota's 8th District, has come out guns a-blazing. Metaphorically, of course.

That's the rub in a Minnesota Public Radio profile of the the candidate's early campaign, in which Mills is trying to make political hay with the 2nd Amendment. Mills earned some Internet notoriety with a pro-gun video that went viral.

"[The] Second Amendment is huge up here," Mills tells MPR. "People up here grew up with a gun in their hands."

Nolan, who won the 8th by 10 percent last year, say he's focused on job creation at the moment, the station reports.

Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL, calls Mills a "Romney-esque 1 percenter," but a more impartial observer, U of M political Science prof Larry Jacobs, doesn't agree.

"This is not a kind of a high-flier like a Mitt Romney," Jacobs tells MPR, speaking of the legitimacy of a Mills candidacy. "This is a mainstream business guy."

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