DFL Congressman Tim Walz's support of veterans is taking centerstage in his campaign for re-election. On the heels of a recent TV ad promoting Walz's work to help Vietnam War-era veterans exposed to Agent Orange, the Veterans for Walz group is sponsoring meetings with veterans in Austin and Winona today.
A news release says the event is aimed at talking about the differences between himself and Republican Randy Demmer on the issue of veterans. The release states that "in light of the Demmer campaign's insistance that Tim and Representative Demmer are the same when it comes to veterans' issues, local vetearns are holding discussions with fellow veterans around the district to discuss the clear choice in November."
Yesterday, Walz traveled to the Rochester VFW to announce he has been endorsed by the VFW PAC.His office also announced today that Walz is sponsoring a bill to help prevent vetearns with VA home loans from becoming homeless due to foreclosure.
Demmer Campaign Manager Jason Flohrs has repeatedly said that Demmer would also be committed to helping veterans if elected. This does pose a dicey situation for Walz's opponents — including IP candidate Steven Wilson and independent Lars Johnson. If they criticize Walz for focusing on his efforts to help veterans, they run the danger of looking like they don't care about veterans' issues.