Monti Moreno to join the GOP race for U.S. Senator

Monti Moreno says he’ll announce a bid for the U.S. Senate Thursday night when he holds a press conference on St. Paul’s West Side. He joins four other Republicans hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

Moreno ran in the 1996 GOP primary, coming in fourth of five, with more than 3 percent of the vote, in a race won by former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, who went on to lose the general election to incumbent Sen. Paul Wellstone.

MPR did a profile in 1996 that began:

“Monti Moreno’s party dismisses him as a fringe, single-issue candidate. A newspaper columnist called the former Stillwater hair salon owner a “homophobic hairbender…”

He has worked as a hairdresser in Stillwater in the past.

Moreno will join St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, state Rep. Jim Abeler, state Sen. Julianne Ortman and businessman Mike McFadden in GOP race.

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