In the final stretch of the campaign, the conservative Minnesota Jobs Coalition is targeting vulnerable House DFLers in a six-figure television ad buy.
It is the group's first television campaign and it will target eight competitive districts, said Minnesota Jobs Coalition chairman Ben Golnik. Republicans need to win seven seats to take control of the Minnesota House.
One of the group's targets is Rep. Andrew Falk, who represents House District 17A near Murdock.
"Falk can run, but he can't hide from his record of failed policies," the ad states while images of Falk jogging away from a Jobs Coalition tracker flash across the screen. "Falk voted with Minneapolis liberals to bring Obamacare to Minnesota."
Like the Republican Party of Minnesota, GOP candidates and their allies, the Jobs Coalition is capitalizing on the perception that Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL Legislature have ignored the needs of greater Minnesota and are out-of-step with average voters.
Golnik said similar ads will run in House Districts 12A, represented by Rep. Jay McNamar, 2A, represented by Rep. Roger Erickson, and 10A, represented by Rep. John Ward.
Additional ads will focus on spending and tax increases in four suburban districts, including 42A, represented by Rep. Barb Yarusso, 56B, represented by Rep. Will Morgan, 42B which is represented by Rep. Jason Isaacson, and 36B represented by Rep. Melissa Hortman.
All of the Jobs Coalition targets are districts where Democrats narrowly won election in 2012 or where former presidential candidate Mitt Romney won two years ago.