Former Gov. Al Quie, Doug Kelley latest to join ‘Republicans-for-Horner choir’

Beyond Tim Pawlenty, Sarah Palin and members of the Republican legislative caucus, it’s getting harder and harder to think of familiar Republican names standing up for Tom Emmer.

The newest members of the Republicans-for-Tom Horner choir are former Gov. Al Quie and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Kelley. They join former Gov. Arne Carlson, former Sen. Dave Durenberger and a flock of lesser-known former Republican state legislators who have come out for Horner.

One thing that should be noted about this whole endorsement business: Emmer and DFL candidate Mark Dayton each have received a long list of endorsements, typically en masse, from members of their own party. Those endorsements don’t make much news because they’re so expected.

 (The underplayed endorsement of the week probably was the decision by maverick legislator – and hero of the outdoor crowd — Bob Lessard announcing his support of Dayton. Unlike so many of the endorsers, Lessard may actually have a constituency.) 

Each time Horner picks up an endorsement — which, with the notable exception of Mike Ciresi, typically have been Republican — it’s seen as a big deal.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 10/21/2010 - 05:10 pm.

    Is there a special place in hell for these quislings?

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/21/2010 - 10:52 pm.

    Am I wrong, or didn’t the Democrat party try and recruit Doug Kelly?

    Looks like they got him.

    And this endorsement should parlay Al into the key speakers position at next years DNC convention…hope the wine is top notch!

  3. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 10/22/2010 - 10:51 am.

    It’s the Democratic Party, Tom. Or in Minnesota the DFL – the Democratic Farmer Labor party.

    Show a little respect…

  4. Submitted by Tim Brausen on 10/22/2010 - 12:15 pm.

    Al Quie, when he was governor in the 1980s, was one of the most conservative leaders we had. This is a testament to how extreme the Minnesota Republican Party gubernatorial candidates have become, as even a true conservative like Quie cannot bring himself to support the endorsed candidate and his one-trick platform of “no new taxes.”

    Even Quie recognizes that governments exist for the purpose of doing things that are in our common interest, and we need to be responsible and pay for those necessary programs. When will Republican leadership recognize the same?

  5. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 10/27/2010 - 02:42 pm.

    Pollling a few days later is really showing that Horner’s getting a huge boost from those ‘quisling’ endorsements . . .

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