U.S. Rep. Tim Walz got a cross-party re-election endorsement over the weekend from former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson.
Walz is a DFLer seeking his third term in Congress, while Carlson was elected governor twice as a Republican in the 1990s. But many current Republicans says he’s strayed from their fold. He endorsed Independence Party candidate Tom Horner for governor and now supports DFLer Walz.
Carlson compared Walz to former Vice President Walter Mondale (who also was at the Rochester rally Sunday), according to the Rochester Post-Bulletin.
In making the endorsement, Carlson talked about the increasing polarization of politics and said:
“This nation has never had a perfect leader and probably never will. You just want them to exercise their intelligence and use their best judgment. They are going to face the toughest decisions we will have made since the 1930s, and everyone, including myself, will not like all the decisions.”
Walz’s opponent, Republican Randy Demmer, a four-term state House member, was endorsed by the New Ulm Journal last week.
The paper said Walz has “been an energetic Congressman for the past four years, extremely active in addressing things like veterans issues,” but runaway government spending must be stopped and Demmer, with a Republican majority in Congress, can help.