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McFadden to air ad showing him as youth football coach

Mike McFadden, the GOP-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, says he’ll soon begin running a political ad that shows him coaching youth football.

McFadden, a finance executive on leave while he runs for office, says he’s coached in the Mendota Heights youth football program for 13 years.

“Nothing beats spending every autumn teaching football, as well as important life lessons, to a great group of kids,” he said in a statement about the ad. In an email to supporters, he says he needs $5,000 in contributions to start airing the ad Tuesday.

McFadden has the Republican Party endorsement in the race, but will face state Rep. Jim Abeler in the Aug. 12 party primary. The winner will run against Sen. Al Franken in November.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Wes Davey on 07/07/2014 - 07:08 pm.

    This makes him qualified for the Senate?

    Youth football coach for 13 years shows that McFadden cares about kids; makes him appear to be a regular fella, but how does this qualify him for Senate? It doesn’t.

    Look at the issues list on his website (if you can get past the nearly illegible red letters on blue background) and you’ll find meaningless, nebulous positions on those issues – which is the same worthless pablum he feeds to the news media. That MccFadden is not Franken isn’t a position, and being a Republican isn’t a reason to vote for him.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 07/08/2014 - 09:31 am.

      That McFadden is not Franken isn’t a position

      Sure it is. It was good enough that Obama wasn’t Bush in 2008, wasn’t it?

  2. Submitted by Tim Droogsma on 07/07/2014 - 08:48 pm.

    Franken supporters…

    …might want to be careful talking about “qualifications” for being a senator. It’s not a topic that builds a case for your guy.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/08/2014 - 11:09 am.


      Senator Franken has a record of service in the Senate. That is a topic that builds a case for him.

      Mr. McFadden can make television commercials with a lot of feel good, albeit empty, imagery. That is not a skill that builds a case for him.

    • Submitted by Wes Davey on 07/08/2014 - 11:47 am.

      “My guy” has a record now.

      I didn’t vote for Franken in 2008 (nor Coleman), so he wasn’t my “guy” back then. Since then he has proven himself to be a good senator who cares about real people – as opposed to “corporate people” (e.g., Citizens United).

      He helped lead the way on repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military (overwhelmingly supported by those currently serving, and by the American public). None of the doomsday rhetoric of far right evangelicals came true on this issue (just as it hasn’t with marriage equality). By contrast the MN GOP party platform calls for reinstating DADT, a hare-brained, twentieth century position that will get nowhere.

      He supported the ACA, which even if not perfect is better than what the GOP offered when they were in control of Congress – which was nothing.

      He has supported returning veterans to make sure they don’t get messed over by the system, as opposed to the likes of Tea Party/evangelical darling Michele Bachmann – who simply doesn’t care.

      Franken has led the way on internet freedom issues…and the GOP? Who knows where McFadden stands on this issue.

      My guy? This time around he is.

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