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High-profile GOP Horner supporters punished by state party because some think he cost Emmer the election

Republicans who supported Tom Horner for governor will be punished by the state GOP Party with a two-year ban from being party delegates or attending the 2012 national convention.
Party delegates on Saturday narrowly voted — 59-55 — to approve the

Republicans who supported Tom Horner for governor will be punished by the state GOP Party with a two-year ban from being party delegates or attending the 2012 national convention.

Party delegates on Saturday narrowly voted — 59-55 — to approve the ban on 18 party members, including former Govs. Al Quie and Arne Carlson and former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger, reported MPR.

Some delegates felt the punishment was warranted, because the defection to Independence Party candidate Horner cost Republican candidate Tom Emmer many votes, and possibly the election; after the recount, it’s expected that DFLer Mark Dayton will win the race by nearly 9,000 votes.

Other delegates, though, thought the ban mighr look vindictive. Delegate Jen De Journett of Maple Grove said:

“Even if we pass this motion, we can’t exactly take away a former governor’s title. We can’t vote people out who may or may not live in this state and we’re going to look like a bunch of goofballs.”

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MPR listed the 18 banned Republicans:

  • Arne Carlson
  • Al Quie
  • George Pillsbury
  • Peggy Leppik
  • Neil Peterson
  • Dennis Ozment
  • Roger Scherer
  • David Jennings
  • Ed Oliver
  • Lynne Osterman
  • Dave Bishop
  • Bill Schreiber
  • Art Seaberg
  • Rod Searle
  • Dave Durenberger
  • Doug Kelley
  • Joanell Drystad
  • Al Olson

State Party Chair Tony Sutton said it may be hard to enforce the ban but that it shouldn’t hurt the party image.

“I get frustrated because a lot of people on that list only come out and say they’re Republicans when the want to stick it to Republicans,” Sutton said. “The rest of the time they say they’re an independent or a Democrat and support nothing but Democrats.