Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Controversy over abortion has spilled over into the Race for the 8th congressional district seat.
Direct mailers being sent to voters in the 8th district criticize DFL- endorsed candidate Rick Nolen for his stance on women's issues, including abortion, during his first run as congressman in the 1970s.
The mailers, from "Emily's List Women Vote!" targeted nearly 23,000 democratic primary voting women under age 55.
While the organization supports Tarryl Clark's run for office, her campaign manager says the national organization's actions were taken independently.
Either way, the message isn't sitting well with the Nolan campaign.
"Rick Nolan has a 30 plus year record of strong support, real obvious support, for the work, the votes and the commitment he has to women equality, opportunity. It's documented, it's proven it's known," said former Senator Becky Lourey and Nolan supporter.
Nolan's campaign said the mailers are an attempt to tear down Rick Nolan's reputation for being a quote "champion for women's rights."