DFLer in House race criticizes gun-themed ad paid for by GOP

  • Updated: February 8, 2011 - 11:09 PM

Carly Melin, a DFLer running in a special election for a Minnesota House seat, has criticized an attack brochure paid for by the state Republican Party. It shows a hunter pointing a shotgun and the words "Take your best shot."

The mailing urges voters to protect their gun rights from "Liberal St. Paul Politicians." An inside page carries a picture of Melin, who is running against Republican Paul Jacobson in the Feb. 15 election. Both are from Hibbing.

Melin called the ad "pretty disturbing" in light of last month's shootings in Tucson that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six.

Melin called for state GOP head Tony Sutton to resign. Ken Martin, the state DFL chairman, called on the GOP and Jacobson to disavow the ad.

Sutton told the Duluth News Tribune that the brochure was "obviously a hunting piece." He dismissed any link to the Giffords shooting as "the worst kind of politics."

Melin said she has requested uniformed officers at a debate Wednesday. She said she supports hunting rights and got her first firearm at 14.

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