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Ben Lien, Moorhead, Published October 13 2012

Letter: Attack ads drag campaign down

Negative attack ads from outside groups have recently surfaced, targeting my opponent and me. The magnitude of such ads is not typical for a state race. Then again, this is not a typical state race.

The seat vacated by Rep. Morrie Lanning is seen as a must-win for both parties, and the people of District 4A are very motivated for this election. However, as a Moorhead native, I know what people want to hear from their candidates. Folks want to know that a candidate will bring productive ideas to the table. I entered this race to serve, and that’s the only way I intend to continue my campaign.

My opponent and I agreed early on to keep our campaigns positive and focused on the issues. If any candidate’s greatest strength is the opponent’s weakness, I would strongly question his or her ability to effectively serve people. I’ve never supported negative campaigning and I never will. Moorhead and Oakport Township need cooperative attitudes and fresh ideas; not more attack ads dragging my opponent and me down into the political gutter.

Lien is candidate for District 4A Minnesota representative.