Former Republican U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger provides the voice-over on two new radio ads for Tom Horner, the Independence Party endorsee for guv.
The ads, which you can listen to below, are both on the general theme that Horner, as the centrist in the race, would not be captive to the agenda of the DFL or the Repubs, the right or the left. No specific Horner positions are mentioned to explain how that would work, but it nonetheless seems to be fundamental argument that will get Horner into serious contention, if anything can. The most recent Strib Poll showed Horner running in third place with between 13 and 15 percent of the vote, depending on who the DFL nominates. (And Horner still has to survive the IP primary next week, where he is challenged by the feisty Rob Hahn.)
Durenberger has not attempted to take this public a role in any campaign for decades. Horner got his start in politics as an aide to Durenberger in the late 70s and 80s, before moving to his career in public relations with the Himle Horner firm. The two remain close friends and Durenberger has told me that he will help Horner in any way that he is asked.
Durenberger was Minnesota’s senior senator from 1979 to 1994, before his political career crashed and burned over financial improprieties that caused him to be denounced by the Senate. In recent years, he has run a health care think tank, based at the University of St. Thomas.
Here are the ads: