Mayo Clinic wants its name removed from political ads

A campaign advertisement for Jim Hagedorn, the Republican candidate for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House, mentions Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, according to Fox 47.

The ad, which is paid for by friends of Mr. Hagedorn and the National Republican Congressional Committee, includes the candidate's perspective on how certain healthcare policies could affect Mayo Clinic.

The ad says "Mayo Clinic Ranked No. 1," citing U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking. The ad goes on to say, "Southern Minnesota has some of the best medical care in the world, but Feehan and Ellison would blow it up."

Dan Feehan is the Democratic candidate for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House, and Keith Ellison is a Democrat campaigning to be Minnesota's attorney general.

After receiving questions about whether it endorses the ad, Mayo sent a memo to employees to solidify its nonpartisan stance. "Mayo Clinic does not endorse candidates nor does the organization coordinate with political campaigns on activities or advertisements," the memo states.

Mayo Clinic has asked Mr. Hagedorn's campaign to stop using the health system's name in political ads, according to the report.

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