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.