Independence Party candidate for Governor Tom Horner says Minnesota’s Republican party is in decline. Horner should know. He’s been a Minnesota Republican almost all of his life. Horner notes that since 2000, the Minnesota Republican party has lost three out of four United States Senate races, it’s lost a congressional seat, and it’s underperformed in almost every legislative election cycle.
“The only thing masking all of that has been Governor Pawlenty’s two elections, one of which in 2006 was very close and some would argue that (DFL candidate) Mike Hatch lost it more than Tim Pawlenty won it. So I think the party is in decline and part of why its in decline is that the party as it defines itself has moved so far to the right and has become not just conservative, but really anti-government, anti-solution. I think that’s what people are rejecting.”