Rob Hahn knows how to get attention. The Independence Party candidate for governor proposed riverboat gambling for Minnesota. “We’ve heard so much about cuts to education and LGA, here’s an answer” Hahn said. Using stats from the American Gaming Association, he says six boats would raise as much as $600 million a year. He divides the revenue: 50% general fund, 20% k-12 education, 20% local government aid, 10% tourism.
When asked how he could succeed where Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed, Hahn said because he’s an independent it’s “not a victory to a Republican governor.” Hahn is open to partnering with Native American tribes and he doesn’t worry about the competition riverboat gambling would create for metro tribes. The political newcomer is challenging the IP-endorsed Tom Horner who’s a public relations whiz. The author/publisher has managed to get some press, starting with announcing he’s running for governor by actually running through the press room dripping with sweat.