New Dem Spending Target: Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN)

ABC's Teddy Davis reports: Democratic sources tell ABC News that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's independent expenditure will soon start advertising in the first congressional district of Minnesota.

The target? Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN), a GOP House member who offered a grim assessment about conditions in Iraq after returning from the war-torn country in July of this year.

Gutknecht's grim assessment, in which he said that a partial withdrawal might be wise, sent shockwaves through political circles because it followed his saying, "Members, now is not the time to go wobbly," during a June 15, 2006 debate on the floor of the House about Iraq.

The Democrat running against Rep. Gutknecht is Democrat Tim Walz, a National Guard veteran who served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

The DCCC's decision to target Rep. Gutknecht is expected to be followed by additional new spending targets.

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