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Franken Campaign Goes After McFadden for Selling Merch Made in China

Franken's team views the origin of McFadden's hats as a microcosm of his politics.

Franken's team views the origin of McFadden's hats as a microcosm of his politics.

-- Update at bottom --

In June, Al Franken's campaign went after Mike McFadden for having a batch of his official T-shirts made in Nicaragua. McFadden's camp said it was a one-time thing and pointed out that Mike's shirts are typically made by a Minnesota company.

But Franken's campaign workers are again making McFadden's merch an issue, as today they distributed a release pointing out that hats sold on McFadden's campaign website are apparently made in China.

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Here's the visual evidence:

In the release, Franken's campaign attempts to place the hats in the broader context of McFadden's political ideology.

"The fact that McFadden outsources his campaign gear to workers in China and Nicaragua shouldn't be surprising given his profits over people philosophy," it says. "McFadden also support tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas to places like China and he would prefer to build the Keystone XL Pipeline with Chinese steel -- not American-made steel -- if it were cheaper. Chinese steel would undercut an American industry that supports thousands of jobs in Minnesota."

"The Franken campaign's gear is union-made right here in the USA because Sen. Franken believes we should be supporting American workers and American jobs," it continues.

We contacted McFadden spokesperson Tom Erickson for comment, but haven't heard back as this post is published. We'll update if we do.

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Erickson sent us this statement:

"Once again, Minnesotans are getting a taste of Al Franken's fetish for clothing-related distractions in the final days of his campaigns. Photos from our vender's warehouse show that our McFadden apparel is made in the USA. If this did happen, we are truly sorry, However, it's looking more and more likely that Al Franken concocted this story to turn attention away from his 97% voting record with President Obama."
He also sent us this photo, which was taken today and shows a McFadden hat with a "Made in USA" tag:

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