Washington, DC — (AP) State Sen. Sharon Marko said Wednesday she is jumping into the DFL race for Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District, pitting her against former FBI agent Coleen Rowley.
"This is a really important election," Marko told the Associated Press, citing the possibility of Democrats taking back the House. "We need to be focused on the important issues."
The winner of the DFL primary will take on U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican.
Marko's entrance in the race comes two days after Rowley had to apologize to Kline for a doctored photo on her campaign Web site that depicted Kline as the Nazi soldier Col. Klink from the TV series "Hogan's Heroes."
Rowley's campaign said a volunteer inserted the picture, labeled as altered, into a campaign blog entry and that it was up for about 24 hours until campaign officials learned about it.
"I'm not really focused on her; I'm focused on John Kline," Marko said. But she did say of Rowley, "I've just noticed the occasional lack of professional ability."
Marko, 52, served four House terms before being elected to the state Senate in 2002.