Two Republicans jockeying for the U.S. Senate nomination against Democratic Sen. Al Franken demonstrated their differing paths Monday to getting campaign exposure as the primary election approaches in less than a month. The favorite, businessman Mike McFadden, released his first broadcast television ad that will start airing statewide Tuesday. His main opponent, state Rep. Jim Abeler, touted an endorsement by former GOP Gov. Al Quie. The winner of their Aug. 12 primary will advance to a general election contest with Franken. McFadden has the state Republican Party’s endorsement and a substantial fundraising edge over Abeler.
Al Quie is Minnesota’s longest-living former governor, having just turned 90 years old on Wednesday. Quie remains keenly involved in the debate on issues of the day, such as the Affordable Care Act.
Former Minnesota Gov. Al Quie will be 90 this year. He served as a Republican Congressman for 20 years, then just one term as governor in 1979, and in his 90th year, Quie is more active than many men half his age. From a horse stable in Victoria, the former Governor not only rides, but trains horses and clears trails.
Park Rapids will be jumping in mere hours with the arrival of the Governor. Tim Young is a great ambassador for the ice-cold 2013 fishing opener. He’s been here before.
Charles Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical helping inmates, has died. He was 80.
Former associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, John Simonett, has died.
Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey Jr. is being celebrated in Minnesota on what would have been his 100th birthday Friday.
The Minnesota GOP is punishing two former governors and a former U.S. senator for backing the Independence Party candidate in the governor’s race, according to Minnesota Public Radio.