Labor Group’s Ad Blasts Emmer For DWI History, Efforts To Soften Drunk-Driving Laws (VIDEO)

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July 27, 2010 12:24 p.m.

The labor-affiliated Alliance for a Better Minnesota has a new attack ad against state Rep. Tom Emmer, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor. The ad goes after Emmer for his legislative work trying to soften the state’s DWI laws — while having in his past two drunk driving-related encounters with the law himself.

The ad features a woman named Margaret Everson, talking about her son’s death at the hands of a drunk driver. “Our son John was the light of our life and to receive a call at 3 in the morning that he’d been killed by a drunk driver is the worst nightmare a parent can experience,” says Everson. “So when I heard that Tom Emmer sponsored a law to reduce penalties for drunk drivers — I was outraged. And then I read that Tom Emmer has been arrested twice himself for drunk driving. And his man wants to be Governor?”

The Alliance is spending more than $500,000 to air this spot.

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