Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer sat down with us in his home for an extensive interview about his life. It’s part of our Almanac tradition of doing deep biographies of all the candidates which will air in the fall. We took on some tough topics and later in the day Emmer walked through the Capitol Press Corps to deal head on with those topics including his DWIs and opposition to 35W victim compensation fund.
As some had predicted, we did ask Emmer what he learned from the DWIs. He said it’s about “being responsible, when you make a mistake don’t run from it, run to it, address it, make sure you’re doing the right things.” I followed up with asking “How did you address it, did you stop drinking, do you not drink anymore?” Emmer did not answer that directly but said “This is not about that history, I’ve addressed it by making sure I don’t make the mistakes that we’ve made in the past. We’re talking about another lifetime ago.”
We also spoke with Emmer’s parents, wife and children who will reveal a whole different personal side of the candidate. But you’ll have to wait for that until after we know the Democrat and Independent he’ll face and we’ll profile them as well this fall.