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.