Bradley is running against DFLer Duane Sauke for the House District 25B seat. Current DFL Rep. Kim Norton is not running for re-election.
In his letter, Bradley writes that it is perfectly reasonable to challenge an opponents' positions and beliefs. But he wrote that "distorted pictures, half-truths, and outright lies are strongly disliked by the public and have no place in our election process." In an interview, Bradley said he has never made this sort of formal request to a candidate before. But he said the more he thought about it, the more it made sense.
"I just think it's the right way to campaign," he said.
Bradley acknowledged he has no control over outside groups that may spend money to support his campaign. But he said he has contacted some of those groups to warn them that if they send out misleading campaign material about his opponent, the Rochester Republican will disavow it. He sent a copy of the letter to the Post-Bulletin.
Sauke, a retired Rochester real estate agent, said he has no intention of engaging in a nasty, misleading campaign.
"I don't know that in my life I have ever, ever contemplated publicly lying about anybody in any way. So the whole concept of this to me is outside of my realm of expectation," he said.
Sauke added, "I will accept the decision to be respectful and humane in every regard I have any control over."
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