Horner wins IP primary, looks forward to spirited campaign with lots of debates

Tom Horner speaks to supporters Tuesday night, with wife Libby, left.
MinnPost photo by Joe Kimball
Tom Horner speaks to supporters Tuesday night, with wife Libby, left.

Less than an hour after the polls closed tonight, the party favors started blowing in the Tom Horner campaign headquarters in Plymouth, and the candidate confidently acknowledged victory in the Independence Party primary.

He’d easily beaten feisty challenger Rob Hahn —who had little money in the race but captured more than his share of media attention with provocative proposals, quirky videos and talk about his restraining order.

Horner — a prominent and vocal Republican for years — joined the IP because he thought the state Republican Party had veered too far right, and he hoped to fill the middle ground.

His presence on the Nov. 2 ballot “will give Minnesotans a way to say they want a better future,” Horner told supporters in the strip mall headquarters on Hwy. 55 in Plymouth.

He said he and Lt. Gov. candidate Jim Mulder — the former Association of Minnesota Counties executive director — will promote a responsible approach to the state’s budget problem.

Tax reform — “not just cutting taxes or raising taxes” — is the answer to getting the state on solid financial footing, he said.

“We’ve got to grow jobs, invest in educationand revitalize communties around the state — create a Minnesota that has opportunities for everyone.”

He called for his opponents in November to run a campaign “focused on issues, focused on solutions.”

“I hope we can have an aggressive series of debates and forums around the state. Let the voters ask us about our views of the state and how we plan to move Minnesota forward,” he said.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 08/11/2010 - 12:54 am.

    Horner will be the moderate component in the governor’s race. Three clear choices for the voting public this election. It’ll be interesting to see which the direction the MN voter takes us this election cycle .

  2. Submitted by Ross Williams on 08/11/2010 - 10:22 am.

    What Horner’s victory showed is that the “Independence Party” is entirely an invention of the media.

    Horner won a contested party primary with a little over 10,000 votes. There were two losing candidates in the Republican Party’s “uncontested’ primary that got almost as many.

    There obviously is no Independence Party in any real sense. It has almost no members. Its candidates are chosen by the news media based on who has their ear. Which helps explain why the media spends so much time talking about them, despite their almost complete lack of demonstrated public support.

  3. Submitted by Dion Goldman on 08/12/2010 - 11:13 am.

    Ross, Keep up your talking points. It does nothing to change reality, Both the Democrats and Republicans have very high negative ratinggs. Did the media “invent” these high negative ratings too? BTW, the IP is a real party, with real caucuses, real local and state delegates, a real endorsing convention, real candidates and real members. And REALLY, the IP does not take union money, MN Forward money, nor other special interest money.

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