Now it’s Emmer going after Horner, this time over former public contracts

The Star Tribune published a story this morning detailing Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner’s former public affairs contracts with the state of Minnesota and some local governments.

This afternoon, Republican candidate Tom Emmer lashed out at Horner’s over those former business dealings.

“No wonder Tom Horner wants to raise billions in new taxes and grow government at a double-digit percentage increase. Horner has milked government for millions of dollars in lucrative contracts,” Emmer said at a campaign appearance in Faribault, according to a release from his campaign. “Tom Horner wants to maintain business-as-usual even though voters know that the status quo is not working.”

Matt Lewis, Horner’s press secretary, shot back at Emmer. In an email to MinnPost, Lewis wrote: “Any candidate for governor who views his opponent’s demonstrated ability to work with local units of government as a detriment is going to have some serious problems trying to lead the state of Minnesota.”

Lewis added that Horner has experience working with a wide range of groups, from Northstar commuter rail to hospitals to Project 515 — a pro-gay rights group — to the state Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed Emmer.

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/04/2010 - 05:00 pm.

    It must be rather galling to have to attack the moderate republican in this campaign because you (Emmer) has positioned yourself too far outside of the mainstream.

  2. Submitted by Tommy Johnson on 10/04/2010 - 05:31 pm.

    So Emmer is claiming that Pawlenty handed out “lucrative contracts”?

    If T-Paw actually were in town, that kind of talk might convince him Emmer shouldn’t get his support….

    …and so much for that GOP “Party Of Fiscal Responsibility” nonsense, too.

  3. Submitted by Dave Francis on 10/04/2010 - 06:28 pm.

    The quantity of money spent to educate illegal alien children; the colleges that pander to illegal students, emergency health care treatment (much cannot be classified as an emergency) prison incarceration and then wide scope of state, county and city public entitlements. The dollar amount cannot be even estimated, as the US government as even local authorities keep these figures shadowed and out of the public view. Occasionally figures are released by public minded officials; otherwise there remains no accounting to this fiscal problem? Both parties over two decades are to blame for ignoring this obligation to the taxpayer.

    Both Nevada and California–must enact laws, to stop the free distribution of welfare benefits to nationals that injured the economies of these states; Proposition 187 was the people’s vote in California to do exactly that, but was secretly derailed so it couldn’t reach the Supreme Court. Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-N.J.) introduction of amnesty legislation, with the Dream Act and Ag bill attached to it suddenly appeared last week. These are all travesties of our immigration laws with some surreptitious agenda. Something to keep in mind that there is hardly any security, when it comes to–ONLY–citizens voting. Democrats specifically don’t make it clear that–ONLY–US CITIZENS can vote in November or in any election. GOOGLE–voter fraud and then be ready to watch for suspicious activities, as illegals knowingly or otherwise unintentional will use either absentee ballots or the polling places.

    We must remember to vote for any incumbent democrat, means billions of dollars out of your wage packet, to keep illegal aliens in America. Nobody who entered the US illegally, from whatever corner of the world they come from–should be rewarded. The 1986 Immigration law has never been strictly enforced, not by Democrats or Republicans, who have failed to protect the economy and safeguard this country. This illegal immigration is just a paramount problem in border states anymore, but has spread like a pestilence to every community in America; just not large cities today.

    Politicians have never built the double fence or even completed it; never made illegal entrance a felony. America should only seek highly skilled workers, not the desperate and poor who always need monetary assistance. It is time to begin the purge of all politicians, Governors, Mayors and elected officials in both parties who are determined to go against the public grain of illegal immigrant removal–which means–ALL–not just criminals. November you are for or against that will save this country from further financial deterioration, but also watch for illegal aliens voting. GOOGLE–keywords such as illegal alien costs, or investigate your senator or congressman’s record on the illegal alien enforcement. Remember this Washington switchboard number of 202-224-3121 and confront both party members of their stance, then vote them out of office?
    Get more informed at NumbersUSA & Judicial Watch. In conclusion–this smear on Meg Whitman in my book, has been instigated by Union goons, as a favor to Jerry Brown; with policy payback to come? Interesting thought? If E-verify had been in operation permanently in every business in the USA nine years ago, this maid called Nicci would have been detected and she would have been fired. Sen. Harry Reid must accept full blame for that, as he is responsible for weakening E-verify to a voluntary program.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/04/2010 - 10:16 pm.

    Mr. Francis says: “Politicians have never built the double fence or even completed it; never made illegal entrance a felony.”

    How about policing the people who hire the undocumented immigrants? This seems like the single biggest pressure point. If no one will hire “illegals” because they will go to jail and face huge fines (and they’ll need to be huge to dissuade greedy business people from hiring cheaper labor), why would anyone take the chance on immigrating illegally?

    Frequent and random checks on employers coupled with seriously enforced fines and jail time for repeat offenders should work a many times better than trying to police a border that’s thousands of miles long.
    Punish the people who create the incentive, not those who (rationally) follow it…

  5. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/04/2010 - 10:29 pm.

    Considering that we stole California and the rest of the Southwest from Mexico in 1848, the outrage about their stealing it back is pretty comical.

  6. Submitted by Dion Goldman on 10/05/2010 - 09:04 am.

    This is a manufactured “issue.” Emmer’s got nothin’

  7. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 10/05/2010 - 09:08 am.

    #1 I take it you mean the “liberal independent” who voted for Obama in 2008?

  8. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 10/05/2010 - 09:13 am.

    Emmer’s got nothing but a plan to spend no more than what we take in based upon the current high tax structure we have today.

    Unlike Datyon He does not have a plan to raise job-killing taxes on successful and hard-working Minnesotans so that money can be redistributed to other Minnesotans based on their income, race, or union membership.

    Unlike Horner he doses not have a plan to tax all Minnesotans and raise spending to even higher levels than today.

    Yep, he’s got nothin’.

  9. Submitted by Kathy Coulter on 10/05/2010 - 10:39 am.

    Tom Emmer gets it. Mohammad Ali Bin Shah gets it. I get it. Hard to figure out why everybody doesn’t get it.

  10. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/05/2010 - 12:05 pm.

    Rep. Emmer is praying that the rest of the state will get it too. I wonder if the GOP loses the governors race this year in MN. How that will affect Pawlenty’s future and his legacy in MN….

  11. Submitted by Rebecca Hoover on 10/05/2010 - 03:23 pm.

    It is interesting that Emmer actually has some valid points to make about some of these lucrative contracts given to friends or friends in state government. This has been a problem especially under more recent administrations. It is unfortunate that Emmer is viewed as too flaky to be taken seriously.

    If Emmer had not promoted bills such as his castration bill, he would be a more effective campaigner. As it is, he is so far from the mainstream that even his good points get lost.

  12. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/05/2010 - 06:43 pm.

    And Ms. Hoover–
    The old line is that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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