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Schier Says Emmer's Appearance in Internet Ad is "Weird"

October 1, 2013

Steve Schier, Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the Oct. 1 edition of the Star Tribune in an article detailing Republican congressional candidate Tom Emmer's appearance in an online video promoting a local construction company, but that also includes a sign pumping his own campaign. The Star Tribune article includes an embedded version of the video, of which Schier says "This is so weird. This is so extraterrestrial,” he said. “You would think the Sixth District was returning to Earth now that Michele Bachmann is retiring. But no, we’re boldly going where no one has gone before.” The ad is no longer running and apparently was a miscommunication between the Emmer camp and the construction company on how Emmer's testimonial would be used.