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August 18, 2008

Kagen's first ad focuses on health care

As his Republican opponent is hitting him over his past opposition to expanded drilling, Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) is looking to define himself as an unconventional politician in his first campaign ad.

“He had never run for Congress before, so he did things a little differently,” a narrator in the ad says.

“Steve Kagen refused to take a Congressional pay raise, he rejected contributions from big oil companies, he earned national attention fighting to reduce health care costs. And he was the only member of Congress to stand up and refuse coverage for himself until every citizen has affordable health care.”

Kagen doesn’t exactly need his Congressional salary and benefits. As the founder of a leading allergy clinic in Wisconsin, he is independently wealthy, spending over $2.5 million of his own money in the 2006 race.