A family farm is the backdrop for First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz's first TV ad of the 2014 campaign season. It begins with a close-up of Madelia farmer John Thormodson at work while Walz says, "This is John's office. It's about as far away from Washington as you can get. If John doesn't plow the fields or harvest his crops, he doesn't get paid."
The congressman, sporting a plaid shirt, then talks about last year's federal government shutdown.
"When some politicians shut down the government, I donated my pay to charity. And it's why I've turned down every single pay raise," Walz says.
At the end of the ad, the Mankato Democrat husks corn and stands with the family by their farmhouse. He says he'll "never forget who I work for — folks like the Thormodsons and hardworking folks everywhere."
The ad is running in Rochester. Walz campaign spokesman Evan Peterson declined to say how much the campaign plans to spend airing the ad.
Walz's opponent, Republican Jim Hagedorn, ran some TV ads in advance of the Republican primary but has not yet begun airing ads for the Nov. 4 general election.