Friday, October 29, 2010

Gubernatorial candidate: Democrats' priest ad is ‘inappropriate’

Mark Dayton, a former US senator who is now the Democratic (DFL) gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, has distanced himself from a campaign ad that has been criticized inside and outside the state as anti-Catholic. In the ad, distributed by the state central committee of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, a man dressed as a priest wears a campaign button that says “ignore the poor.”

“I believe the brochure’s picture showing a man of the cloth is inappropriate,” Dayton said in a statement. “I believe that it is inappropriate to bring religion into a campaign as this image and others do.”

In 1944, the Minnesota Democratic Party and the Farmer-Labor Party merged to form the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

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