Independence Party candidate Tom Horner picked up the backing of several major news outlets in Minnesota on Sunday, with only a few weeks left before the general election.
The state’s largest newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, endorsed Horner, as did the Duluth News Tribune and the Fargo Forum.
The Star Tribune cited Horner’s communication experience (he was the co-founder of public relations firm Himle Horner) and his ability to bridge the partisan divisions in the Legislature. “He possesses not only the understanding and communication skills that governing requires, but, unlike either DFLer Mark Dayton or Republican Tom Emmer, he also has the temperament to bridge the partisan divide that has long stymied the search for lasting solutions to chronic problems,” they wrote.
The Duluth paper echoed the Star Tribune’s comments about Horner’s ability to bridge the partisan divide at the Capitol, adding that, “Horner is at the center, where most of the rest of us are.”
Forum wrote that GOP nominee Tom Emmer is too conservative, and DFLer Mark Dayton is “arguably the most liberal politician in the state.”
The West Central Tribune also endorsed Horner on Monday. In a statement, Horner said was pleased by the support. “As governor, I will do my best to uphold the faith that these endorsements have placed in me, and will work with Republicans, Democrats and independents to solve the monumental problems facing our state and get Minnesotans back to work,” he wrote.