Calling this the most critical Minnesota gubernatorial election he’s ever seen, former Governor Arne Carlson today endorsed Tom Horner, which is likely to give the Independent candidate a boost in the polls. Carlson added that once Minnesotans begin paying close attention to this race, he predicts a landslide victory for Horner.
Carlson explained why he didn’t endorse DFL candidate Mark Dayton (“You can’t tax your way to success”) and why he skipped Republican Tom Emmer (“But you can’t cut your way to success either”). Is Horner’s plan controversial? Yes, Carlson answered his own question. Will Horner’s plan inflict pain? Yes. But we no longer have any other choice than inflicting pain, the moderate GOP former governor continued.
Carlson implied that his Republican Party has moved too far to the right, and left Horner and himself. “We’ve got to stop the demonization of people with whom we disagree … We need to move away from the ‘politics of politics’ and toward
‘politics of substance’. … I believe that one of the chore values of the Republican Party ought to be financial discipline and balancing the budget. … We’ve spent more time worrying about the bedroom than we have the boardroom,” Carlson said, eliciting a rise out of the crowd gathered.
On a beautiful fall day on the south steps of the State Capitol, Horner was clearly overjoyed to have Carlson by his side, who he says supports not just his candidacy, but his policy proposals — and will help Independent draw more votes from both Republicans and Democrats.