Stewart Mills admits that he "doesn't look like a typical politician" even though he's running to unseat Rick Nolan and create jobs in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District.
In his latest campaign video, Mills said that their hunting camp has a simple rule: that the person that complains about something then has the responsibility to fix the problem. Then Mills says that Washington is broken, "with all of the bickering, the $17,000,000,000,000 debt and Obamacare."
Mills implies that he's simply following his family's hunting camp rules.
Meanwhile, Rick Nolan officially started his re-election campaign in Duluth's Leif Erickson Park with an attack on Mills and his family:
“He is, no mistake about it, a one percenter who is there to represent the 1 percent not the 99 percent,” Nolan said.
Mills is the vice president of Mills Fleet Farm Corporation, and he made a stop campaign stop in Duluth on Monday. He called out Nolan on unemployment in the 8th district.
Anyone who's shopped at Mills Fleet Farm knows that it's one of the most blue collar retail chains anywhere in the United States. On a personal level, Mills comes across as a guy who would fit the customer profile for Mills Fleet Farm to a T.
Later in his stump speech, Nolan expressed his support for the PolyMet mining project:
Nolan said he supports projects like Polymet, and that project is environmentally sound.
“It offers a great hope for some really good-paying jobs over a couple hundred years on into the future. Good stuff; I'm fully supportive of it,” Nolan said.
That isn't what Nolan told environmental activist Jesse Peterson last November:
[P]erhaps it’s fitting that tracking 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan’s position on a bill that deregulates the mining industry and fast tracks the permitting process for PolyMet is a bit like watching a fish flopping around on a dock: first he’s against it, then he’s for it and now he once again opposes it, this time promising to vote against the legislation if it “comes anywhere near close to becoming law.”
The reaction of the those who gathered in Bohannon Hall on that Saturday afternoon is perhaps best summed up by 32-year-old Jesse Peterson, who characterized Nolan’s responses and actions with respect to HR 761 as “incredibly deceptive and reflecting a willingness to be phony.”
Peterson's statement is accurate. Saying that Nolan's opinions on mining are flexible is understatement. During his primary fight in July, 2012 against Tarryl Clark and Jeff Anderson, Nolan was criticized for not supporting mining by Jeff Anderson:
DFL congressional candidate Rick Nolan proposed on Wednesday, July 18, development of a new federal technical institute on mining and the environment to help the industry overcome production and environmental issues to create more jobs, an idea immediately panned by his opponents as expensive and ineffective.
Creating a 'mining institute' isn't supporting mining. It's a non-solution to an important problem. It's the legislative equivalent of a presidential blue ribbon commission.
Nolan's support for mining is shaky at best. Eighth District voters might question whether he'll consistently be pro-mining. Based on recent history, it's anything but certain where he'll stand on mining.
There's no question where Stewart Mills will be on mining.