Tom Emmer, the Republican candidate who lost the governor’s race in 2010 by about 9,000 votes, is the new state chairman of the Minnesota Faith & Freedom Coalition.
The group says it is:
“… committed to educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens. Together we will influence public policy and enact legislation that strengthens families, promotes time-honored values, protects the dignity of life and marriage, lowers the tax burden on small business and families, and requires government to tighten its belt and live within its means.”
In Minnesota, it’s particularly interested in “educating voters on how new tax increases would impact family budgets as well as the bottom-line of small businesses.”
The group says in the 2010 elections it “was responsible for the most aggressive grassroots strategy of any group in Minnesota and made over 890,000 voter contacts through their GOTV programs focusing on voter turnout in swing districts.”
In that election, Republicans gained control of both the state House and Senate but were unable to elect Emmer, who lost to DFLer Mark Dayton.
Said Emmer in a statement about his new post:
“I’m excited about this opportunity to work with the Minnesota Faith & Freedom Coalition toward building a stronger conservative grassroots movement in Minnesota as we seek to restore America’s greatness and founding principles.”