ABM targets GOP’s Johnson in new ad

The liberal group Alliance for a Better Minnesota has volleyed its first televised attack at Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson.

The ad, which focuses on Johnson's spending record, argues that the Hennepin County commissioner is too conservative for the state -- a primary theme in ABM's campaign against him.

"Tea Party Republican Jeff Johnson voted to cut education so he could give millions in tax breaks to corporations," the ad states. "Johnson's Tea Party agenda would put Minnesota families at risk."

The ad starts airing statewide Friday. Johnson won the GOP primary Tuesday against three other candidates.

The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is funded by wealthy liberal donors, including Gov. Mark Dayton's ex-wife Alida Messinger. ABM played a critical role in getting Dayton elected in 2010, and is expected to focus much of its resources on gubernatorial race this year as well.

Here's the ad:


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