Former Minnesota GOP Gov. Al Quie has endorsed state Rep. Jim Abeler in the U.S. Senate race.
Abeler is taking on GOP-endorsed Mike McFadden in the Aug. 12 primary. The winner will run against Sen. Al Franken in November.
Quie, 90, served 20 years in the U.S. Congress before being elected governor in 1979 and serving one term. The campaign says Quie likes Abeler’s experience in the Legislature on health care issues.
It quotes Quie as saying: “Jim has been a real leader on health care issues.”
McFadden, a finance executive on leave while he’s running for office, holds a huge fundraising advantage in the primary race, but Abeler’s campaign tried to counter that in the Quie endorsement announcement, saying:
“Simply spending a lot of money does not assure a good outcome. While the open bar and fireworks at the state convention were entertaining, it has nothing to do with messaging and attracting independent and swing voters OR being qualified to be a US Senator.”