Independence Party endorsed candidate for governor Tom Horner has an eye-catching ad for his first TV spot. It shows a slightly creepy, but humorous face with two eyes looking in two different directions saying “For the past few years Republicans and Democrats have only been looking in one direction: Too far to the right or too far to the left.” Horner says he’ll have common sense solutions. As for beating the Republican endorsed Tom Emmer to the airwaves, Horner says it shows “my fundraising is going well and that I have a clear path to winning based on a strategy I have consistently been pursuing since jumping in.”
Emmer took a lot of heat for missing the Coalition of Greater Minnesota’s debate this week. Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden tweeted this picture of an empty chair for Emmer. Friday the Coalition sent out a news release saying they are “deeply concerned Republican Tom Emmer skipped the debate, given his statements that he does not support Local Government Aid… Mayors of all political stripes wanted to hear Rep. Emmer explain his position.” People will get to hear Emmer give his position on transportation, jobs and the economy at a forum Wednesday in Brooklyn Park that he just agreed to late this week. More from the week’s campaign action tonight on Almanac.