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DFL Rally Protests Closure of Duluth Plant, Ties to Stewart Mills

Updated: 08/14/2014 10:27 AM
Created: 08/13/2014 5:32 PM WDIO.com

With the general election campaign underway, a group of DFL supporters gathered at the former Georgia Pacific plant in Duluth to remember, and protest, its closing.

Koch Industries closed the plant almost two years ago. The DFL is linking Republican Congressional Candidate Stewart Mills to the closure, since the Koch Industries Political Action Committee gave money to his campaign.

The rally on Wednesday served to kick off the "Personally Offensive" tour, playing off comments Mills made at a rally last year. A former Georgia Pacific employee spoke to the crowd at the protest.

"I would have liked to have waited around a few more years," Glenn Jackson said. "I was a lucky one. I got to retire, but I would have liked to have waited seven months until I turned 65. Then I would have had insurance. Because I had to worry about it. Stewart Mills doesn't care about that. He doesn't care about jobs."

Jackson worked at the plant for 21 years. His was one of the 140 jobs lost when the plant closed down.

The Mills campaign said the Koch Industries PAC takes contributions from Koch Industries employees, and that Koch Industries employs more than 1,300 Minnesotans.

Mills is challenging Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan in the November election.

This story has been updated to reflect that the donation to the Mills campaign came from the Koch Industries PAC, not the Koch brothers themselves.

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