Stewart Mills, Minnesota congressional hopeful, is a Packers fan [PHOTOS] [UPDATE]

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Stewart Mills (far right) and his family.
-- Original post published June 27 at 7:30 a.m.; update at bottom --

Sure, it's not as bad getting busted zipper-down with a minor at a rest stop, but still -- the Packers? Really?

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Alas, photos supplied to City Pages by a Democratic source out Republican 8th District congressional hopeful Stewart Mills as a Packer backer.

Mills, 41, is vice president of the family-owned chain of Mills Fleet Farm stores. Despite his hippie hair, he's also an outspoken gun rights advocate. In a YouTube video last year where he argued that AR-15's aren't as dangerous and scary as Democrats would have you believe (at least when compared to shotguns -- watch it here), Mills said: "Gun control isn't about controlling guns -- it's about controlling people and limiting your freedom."

"We need to stand up for liberty and freedom and ability to defend ourselves in the way that we see fit," he continued.

Mills is anti-abortion and believes government should stay out of businesses' business and the health care market as much as possible. He wants to challenge Rick Nolan, the 8th District's Democratic incumbent. Nolan defeated Republican Chip Cravaack last year.

But who cares about any of that stuff when we have pictures of Mills wearing Packers gear during a Vikings game? Here are two shots of him wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey at Lambeau Field during the Vikes-Pack tilt in October 2009. (This was the glorious game where Brett Favre completed three touchdowns during his emotional return to Lambeau. The Vikings won 30-23.)

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These photos were posted to Facebook by Mills's wife.

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Good luck with that 2016 campaign in Wisconsin, Stewart. Because whatever your political views are, Minnesota will never elect a green-and-gold-bleeding Green Bay fan.

:::: UPDATE ::::

After our report was published this morning, Mills released a statement addressing his Packers fandom. "Oh! They caught me!" he wrote, adding that he "never tried to hide it, it would be tough to."

Here's the whole thing:
"Oh! They caught me! Although I never tried to hide it, it would be tough to.

"My father became a Packer fan as a kid, a long, long time before the Vikings existed. In 1941 his/our cousin Gene Bierhaus, University of Minnesota All American, was drafted by the Packers to be their Quarterback; that kind of cemented it. Gene never got to play professional football for the Packers though. Instead Gene served in the US Marines during World War II. The extensive wounds our cousin sustained on the battlefield of Iwo Jima prohibited a career in professional sports after the Marines. My father is also good friends with Bud Grant and went to school with him at the University of Minnesota, since and after the time of Bud being the coach of the Vikings we, as a family, have had to take turns as to who we root for. (Seriously) Half the family for the Vikes, and the other for the Packers. I have continued that tradition in my own household, my wife and two step-sons are rabid Vikings fans. I suspect my daughter is going to be a Vikings fan, but my son loves the Green and Gold. My stepdaughter could care less."
So half of Mills's family cheers for the Vikes while the other half roots for the Pack? Sounds like a real natural-born politician to us. Watch out, Rick Nolan!

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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25 comments
peter430
peter430

Mills is anti-abortion and believes government should stay out of businesses' business and the health care market as much as possible.

No inconsistency there, LOL.

The guy looks and sounds like a never-grew-up, still-thinks-he's-20-something rich punk. Never had a real job, never had to accomplish anything. Works/hangs out at Grampa's store, comes in late, leaves early, hangs out with similarly situated rich punk friends. Oh, yeah, he's real Congress material.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

he remains a mysoginist and gun nut... 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

lots of packers fans cant read i guess - great article 

stupidwhore
stupidwhore

Hey Rupar, you're digging pretty deep to shit on somebody. Don't pull a hammy. 

moe_john20
moe_john20

Wow you didn't serve too discredit him but yourself. If what you base your political choices on is jersey color then why should your opinion mean anything to anyone with even a minimum of knowledge.

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

Immaterial His gun stance is more relevant

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

"Guys, Look what's happening on twitter!!! LOLZ"

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

a platform built on assualt rifles and packer football... cool

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Perfect example: "...where Brett Favre three three touchdowns during..." What's three three?

Juan Zaragoza
Juan Zaragoza

If he runs, do a profile on his sister and her handling of the other half of the business. Speak with current and former employees and Brainerd community members. You will get some, um, "interesting" insights into the family...

Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien

Then why are you reading it or responding?

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

City Pages = Like the ladder of baseball - Majors, AAA, AA, A and then somewhere at the bottom you'll find writers for City Pages... An even better reason to vote for him as well...

nolanmorice
nolanmorice

Wow. Now that's seriously some junk journalism. Way to contribute to the conversation, Aaron Rupar/City Pages.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@gmatthewmiller Packers fans are nothing but a bunch of stupid violent drunks.  No way one will be in charge of any part of Minnesota.  Look at what a government of drunk idiots has done to Wisconsin.  They are the worst state for job creation.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@moe_john20 learn to read...this is some spoiled brat with zero experience and limited intelligence.

How many ar-15s do you own?  are they dangerous?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Julie Kapitan anyone who cares about MN would give a shit...read the article

stupidwhore
stupidwhore

@digitalprotocol I care about MN and I don't give a shit. If you're the kind of person who bases an opinion on a photo of someone in a football jersey you're stupid.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@stupidwhore read read read...the article is replete with reasons as to why he is unelectable - being a packers fan is just icing on a cake made of shitmoney

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