Tom Horner gets backing from seven issue-oriented policy experts

Tom Horner with, from left to right: Joan Niemiec, Fred Zimmerman, Jean Taylor, David Jennings, Richard Braun, Jack Geller and Allen Olson.
MinnPost photo by Jay Weiner
Tom Horner with, from left to right: Joan Niemiec, Fred Zimmerman, Jean Taylor, David Jennings, Richard Braun, Jack Geller and Allen Olson.

A gaggle of policy experts this morning endorsed Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner.

Among them was former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson, who has lived in Minnesota for many years and met Horner when Olson was heading a bankers’ association. Olson said he governed North Dakota during a recession and that it’s a role for someone willing to make “tough decisions.”

The others who attended a Capitol news conference, with many saying they had never before endorsed a candidate, were:  

• Richard Braun, former commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation

• Jack Geller, University of Minnesota, Crookston, rural development expert

• David Jennings, former speaker of the Minnesota House and Minneapolis interim school superintendent

• Joan Niemiec, former Minneapolis City Council member and a self-described “lifelong Democrat”

• Jean Taylor, of Mankato, former CEO of Taylor Corp.

• And Fred Zimmerman, professor emeritus at the University of St. Thomas and a manufacturing expert.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/04/2010 - 11:09 am.

    This impressive list should be very helpful for Democrats that needed a little help over the fence.

    Team Dayton has got to be quite dissapointed.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/04/2010 - 12:37 pm.

    Because one DFLer endorsed him?
    Mostly the list is Republicans and C of C types — the usual suspects.
    Horner is still a Republican, with many Republican ties over the past few years.
    He’s trying to hide his client list, but I suspect that it will come out soon; that will be the last nail in his coffin.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/04/2010 - 02:45 pm.

    I’m not aware that anyone of consequence has endorsed Mr. Dayton’s plan to ‘tax the rich” or Rep. Emmer’s plan to contract our way to growth. Mr. Horner’s budget approach gets more credible support than the other two candidates combined.

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