Mills touts his ‘hunting camp doctrine’ in second ad

WASHINGTON — Eighth District voters should expect to hear a lot about Stewart Mills’ “hunting camp doctrine” between now and November.

The doctrine — that, in the Mills family, if you complain about something, you try to fix it — is the centerpiece of the Republican’s second campaign ad, released on Thursday.

“I’m fed up with Washington, the bickering, the debt, Obamacare,” Mills says between shots of a cabin and a group out on a hunting trip. “Instead of complaining, I’m going to fight to fix it.

“This hunting camp could teach Washington a thing or two.”

Besides the ad, Mills has espoused his hunting camp doctrine in interviews and on the stump as his reasoning for running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan — rather than complain about what Congress is doing, he’ll try winning a seat instead.

The Mills campaign said the ad is running on Twin Cities and Duluth television, but wouldn’t release the size of the ad buy. A Democratic source said the buy is worth $27,000 and is part of a $170,000 ad campaign Mills kicked off in May.

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