— From NBC's Huma Zaidi
It's only been a few days since the story broke, but the scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley is making its way into campaign advertisements already. Patty Wetterling, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District, released a new television ad today criticizing House GOP leaders for the manner in which they have handled the Foley situation. According to the ad, Wetterling is calling for a criminal investigation into the matter and the "immediate expulsion" of any lawmaker involved.
It's not surprising that the first ad released referencing the scandal is coming from Wetterling. In 1989, her 11-year-old son was abducted and has never been found. Wetterling has spent much of her time since then acting as an advocate for children's issues and is the founder of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, named for her son. The organization focuses on educating people on how to prevent the exploitation of children.
The Cook Political Report currently puts this race in the Lean Republican category.