Congressional Candidate Madore Favors Transportation Investments, But Still Can’t Debate Kline

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Following the Transportation Alliance Candidate Forum in Eagan, Minnesota., today, Minnesota Second District Congressional challenger Shelley Madore touted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s FasterBetterSafer campaign and said that it aligned with her campaign message that “investment in transportation is an essential part of our country’s economic recovery.” Madore echoed the Chamber’s report that each dollar of highway construction generates $1.8 in Gross Domestic Product and every billion dollars supports 28,000 jobs.

Madore’s opponent, Tea-Party-backed Republican incumbent John Kline, has refused to debate her — save for a 25-minute faceoff that Minnesota Public Radio has scheduled for just before the November election. According to Madore, Kline has opposed additional transportation funding. “John Kline’s failure to fight for roads, bridges and schools for our communities has resulted in crumbling bridges such as the Hastings and Lafayette bridges, unsafe roads such as Highway 212 and 5 in Carver County and completely unfunded roads such as the Highway 52 project in Cannon Falls.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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