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Published October 30, 2012, 09:46 PM

Unwanted national attention for a North Dakota house race

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We've seen plenty of ads in this year's campaign. But an internet attack ad in a North Dakota house race, has all of the candidates in the race wishing the group would butt out.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We've seen plenty of ads in this year's campaign. But an internet attack ad in a North Dakota house race, has all of the candidates in the race wishing the group would butt out.

The district 44 race in North Fargo has drawn the attention of a national self described conservative group because of the sexual orientation of one of the candidates.

The Group public advocate is attacking house candidate Josh Boschee in internet ad for promoting a gay agenda and a Gay bill of special rights.

"The person that runs this blog really is a one person show that is out there trying to have this big presents, so I really didn't take it for much, specifically here in North Dakota."

Boschee is openly gay but says that's not what his campaign is solely about.

Boschee: "There's definitely issues that are going to be important as it relates to the LGBT community and that's no secret, I've worked on those things for several years. But so as far as an agenda, as far as a prescribed doctrine, of what we're going to accomplish in what order it doesn't exist."

And his opponent Blare Thoreson agrees

Blaire Thoreson: "I think something like this from an outside group obviously is trying to influence us and I don't know that anyone has an agenda other than that we're trying to do what's best for the people of North Fargo."

And the other 2 candidates, Bob Jansen and Donald Clark expressed a similar sentiment to Thoreson and both said the group is not needed in the race.

The Public Advocate website is actually run by an elected official, a county supervisor named Eugene Delgaudio from Virginia. And according to the Washington Post, Mr. Delgaudio is under investigation by the FBI for using public employees to help raise money for the website.

We tried to contact Delgaudio for this story at public advocate but he did not respond to our request by broadcast.

Boschee: "To most people you know, it's not an issue and they don't even know. They just see me as some guy that's running for office and want to talk about the issues that are important to them."

Thoreson: "I think this is probably somebody that just has too much time on their hands and too much money to spend and should leave their hands out of our races here in North Dakota."

The Washington post says that Delgaudio denies county staff worked on fund raising for his political group, but that did compile lists for fundraising for a youth football league.

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