HBO comedian Bill Maher is headed to Northfield next week as part of his campaign to oust 2nd District Republican Rep. John Kline.
Maher, host of "Real Time With Bill Maher," will host a non-televised version of his panel segment at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at The Grand Event Center. The event is already sold out. In January, Maher launched his "Flip A District" initiative and asked viewers to vote using social media to determine which member of Congress he should target. Maher announced last month that Kline, of Burnsville, had been selected.The 2nd Congressional District includes Goodhue and Wabasha counties. Running against Kline are DFLer Mike Obermueller and IP candidate Paula Overby, both of Eagan.
The panel will include Ann Marie Cox, contributor for The Daily Beast and a regular commentator on MSNBC and NPR; Matt Taibbi, editor-in-chief of First Look Media's digital publication "Racket" and author of "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap; Besty Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis; Katie Kiefer, entrepreneur and author of "Let Me Be Clear: Barack Obama's War on Millenials, and One Woman's Case for Hope; Steve Sviggum, former GOP speaker of the Minnesota House; and John Rouleau, executive director of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.
Portions of the show will air on Maher's TV show, HBO.com and FlipADistrict.com. Money raised from ticket sales from the event will benefit StudentDebtCrisis.org.