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Attack ads on Peterson are unwarranted

To the Editor:
I have seen enough of the negative political ads to make up my mind, especially about 7th District U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson, D-Minn. He had my vote even before the recent barrage of nasty political ads surfaced, because I got to know him over the past years during newspaper interviews and occasional stopovers in the Glencoe area. He is a man of good common sense.
The latest batch of TV attack ads go after his vehicle rental leases and mileage for his airplane. Pretty feeble attempts at slinging mud.
Without his own airplane, the likelihood of Peterson ever showing up in many of the communities within the huge 7th District, including Glencoe, would have been few and far between. Since the 7th District is one of the largest in country, stretching from the Canadian border nearly to Iowa, driving is simply out of the question.
Also, look closely at those TV ads: The ones personally endorsed by Peterson, or other candidates, are usually upbeat and positive, extolling some of the things he has accomplished for agricultural interests and small businesses in Minnesota. He could have easily added getting the Glencoe Municipal Airport on the federal aviation system as another example for his efforts to help his constituents.
On the other hand, the nasty, negative TV attack ads are sponsored by the Republican National Committee, or by outsiders tossing their money into the fray. The same has been true of the Democratic National Committee, another bunch of outsiders, attacking Peterson’s Republican opponent, Torrey Westrum. We don’t need or want that outside influence in our elections.
Ignore the attack ads, and really concentrate on what the candidates are doing or will do to help our congressional district. Voters of the 7th Congressional District in Minnesota can form their own opinions without outside interference. We’re smarter than these outsiders think.
A part of a recent editorial in the Fargo Forum captures the essence of my thoughts on Rep. Peterson as well: It states Peterson is “a pro-life, gun-rights Democrat; his pragmatic and moderate conservatism is in sync with the political climate of the district. His success at the polls reflects his enduring appeal across party lines.” Well said.
Peterson knows his constituency — basically agriculture and the small businesses and communities that rely heavily on agriculture to survive. He understands agriculture as well as anyone in Congress. That is why we need to keep him in Washington, D.C., to fight for all of us.
Rich Glennie
Glencoe