Comic Targets GOP House Member Over For-Profits

September 16, 2014

Liberal comedian Bill Maher announced on his show last week that he would work to unseat Representative John Kline, the Minnesota Republican who chairs the House education committee. 

The host of the HBO series "Real Time with Bill Maher" cited Kline's support of for-profit colleges -- and the industry's donations to his campaign -- as one of the reasons why he chose to target Kline as part of his "Flip a District" campaign. Maher said he would travel to Kline's Minnesota district and perform a stand-up comedy show in an attempt to swing the seat from Republican to Democratic. 

Kline, after heading off a tough primary challenge earlier this year, is facing Democratic candidate Mike Obermueller, a former state lawmaker whom he defeated in 2012. 

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