The real reason Emmer is running for governor

Friday night on Almanac we rolled out our governor candidate biography series beginning with Republican Tom Emmer. In the interview Emmer reveals that he didn’t know he was baptized at the cathedral at Notre Dame which was a big deal for parents as their first born.  But the most revealing part of Emmer’s life story has to deal with the death of his sister Bridget and how that forced him to push himself to run for office.  They were just a year apart and were very close.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s.

Through tears Emmer’s mother Patsy said “Tommy” had a calming effect “on the day she was going to die he just said ‘Mom we have to go.’  He picked me up so I wasn’t on the floor.  He was able to prepare me for what was coming.”  Emmer said it’s not something he’s comfortable talking about, but when I pushed back that it was an important moment in his life he said “It’s more than that, it’s why I willing to sit here with you and subject myself and my family to this.”  We conducted all the interviews in the candidates’ homes so we could see them on their home turf. 

Friday’s segment was just an excerpt from a much longer show that will detail all the candidates’ ups and downs throughout their lives called “Minnesota’s Choice for Governor 2010” on Oct. 15 at 9:30 pm on TPT-2.  In the next two weeks on Almanac we’ll have portions of our biographies of Democrat Mark Dayton and Independent Tom Horner with more images and revelations you haven’t seen before.

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Tommy Johnson on 10/04/2010 - 02:37 pm.

    But the most revealing part of Emmer’s life story has to deal with the death of his sister Bridget and how that forced him to push himself to run for office.

    And that affected Mr. Emmer so much, he believes that “ObamaCare” is an unconstituitional intrusion and wants to make sure EVERYONE can go back to the good ‘ol days when insurance companies could deny coverage (i.e, “pre-existing, etc) and place lifetime caps on those who get sick.

    Well, and give seniors their “donut hole” back, too.

    Oh – and go back where college graduates that can’t find a job go without health coverage, because they can’t stay on their parent’s policy.

    Just so everyone remembers, last September Tom Emmer told the Marshall newspaper:

    “I don’t think you can call yourself a freedom-loving American and be a Democrat.”

    Yes, Tom Emmer was “affected”, alright….

  2. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 10/04/2010 - 10:27 pm.

    Must have been all those illegals selling and securitizing those toxic mortgages?
    And the illegals organized the bailing out of the banks too.

    Obama is probably an illegal if someone would care to check

    And those illegal-luvin politicians are probably covering up the fact that 9/11 wasn’t the work of jihadists but of them damn illegals!

    You know Mr. Francis…if you look hard enough I’m sure you’ll find that illegals are the cause of all America’s ills.

    With all that is wrong with America today…that anyone would think that immigration is anywhere near the top of the list is amazing….not surprising of course, but still amazing.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 10/05/2010 - 08:49 am.

    These comments may give the thoughtful reader some insight into the thought processes, or lack thereof, in people that become enraptured over a campaign platform promising “Hopey/Changey”, and why they so readily accept that to mean “President Pothole’s used car lot” in practise.

  4. Submitted by Kathy Coulter on 10/05/2010 - 09:19 am.

    It will be interesting to see if those who oppose Rep. Emmer’s run for Governor can have the decency and self-restraint not to employ the MikeMalloyMentality should they feel the need to comment on Ms. Lahammer’s post. I’ll check back.

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