BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — 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.

MPR reports that delegates to the party’s state central committee meeting voted 59-55 Saturday to bar 18 Republicans from party activities for two years, including the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The list of those who supported Independence Party candidate Tom Horner includes former Govs. Arne Carlson and Al Quie, former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger and donor George Pillsbury.

GOP Chairman Tony Sutton says some Republicans say Horner cost Republican-endorsed Tom Emmer the race.

Emmer trails Democrat Mark Dayton by about 8,700 votes after a statewide recount that ended Friday and heads to the state canvassing board next week.

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Comments (43)
  1. Jim Fountaine says:

    As a life long Republican I am embarrassed by Tony Sutton.His actions reflect poorly on the party. He should be fired.

    1. Larry says:

      thought we where in America where we have the freedom of vote for whom we want. And for the last comment fire who my God for how you feel. We have our troops fighting for that right dying for what we believe in. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  2. Thomas Keim says:

    i had enough of plenty he cost me my house by dumping taxes on the counties and a soaring property tax hike plenty wont get in for president he is taged on facebook as a suck govenor he backed tom emmer we needed an independent in there i am glad that arnie carlson did’t back tom emmer

    1. Givame A. Break says:

      Well at least your cardboard box has internet Thomas so life must not be that bad. Let’s blame the Gov for all of our woes especially considering how his party was the minority but then again the democrats that complain about him fail to acknowledge that their party probably started the bill or at the very least got the legislation passed so it ended up on his desk to sign in the first place.

    2. Rickie says:

      you missed managed your own finances that is what cost you your house. Take responsibility for your mistakes.

  3. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    Gosh, can’t go to the ‘party activities’ eh. How will they ever find the will to live now…..

  4. Richard says:

    It’s one of the reasons I’m not a Republican. This new breed of “leaders” in the party try to tell you how you should think, how you should vote, and how you should part your hair.

    1. Mark Zahn says:

      You must be new to politics. Both parties have been doing that since this country was started.

    2. John Daniels says:

      Richard, you are not a Republican because you depend on the government to take money from the doers and give it to the takers (you).

      1. Shelley says:

        John, I think you can do that in reverse too. Corporate welfare (wall street bailout) is another form of taker.

    3. Shelley says:

      I agree Richard. I was a Republican for all my life until the past 10-15 years. I’m so tired of having someone try to legislate my personal life and it’s come to the point that the party is the priority, not the county, state, or US government. I’d love to see more Independents get elected. And while we’re at it, how about campaign reform so special interests (with lots of $) can’t buy elections….and how about “truth in advertising” for ALL the parties.

    4. Mark from says:

      @Richard, It’s not nice to talk about Pelosi that way

  5. Martin Denes says:

    The Republicans are looking a lot like the Communist Party in Russia. They probably only wish that they had gulags to send their mavericks to. It’s good for everyone, including their own, to see how spiteful and vindictive they’ve become.

    1. John Daniels says:

      Comparing Republicans to communists is like comparing democrats to productive people. That does not compute

      1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

        I know many wealthy Dems. Most Doctors are Dems. You think only Pubes make moey? What a maroooooonnnnnn.

    2. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      Well, it was W that said….

      “There ought to be limits to freedom.”

      George W. Bush, May 21, 1999

      “You don’t get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.”

      George W. Bush, describing what it’s like to be governor of Texas, Governing Magazine, July 1998

      “If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”

      George W. Bush,, December 18, 2000

      “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.”

      George W. Bush, Business Week, July 30, 2001

  6. Bob says:

    Tony Sutton is a d-bag.

  7. Joe says:

    That’ll learn ’em.

  8. Jeff says:

    @Jim If you cant support the actions of Tony Sutton then maybe you should be banned from Republican activities as well. We need to stick together if we want to win back the White House in 2012.

    1. Jim Fountaine says:

      I did not know there was a Sutton litmus test to be a republican?

    2. Todd says:

      Is that all that matters to Republicans, to win the white house? Obama could come up with a cure for cancer and they would vote against it because gosh, they couldn’t let Obama get credit for anything. Both parites do it. It’s time they started taking care of America instead of their own parties interest. Who cares who is president if they can fix the mess that W left. Can’t start two wars and cut taxes, read the Price of Loyalty by Paul O’Neil, Bush’s first Sec of Treasury and you will see what an idiot Bush is.

  9. Figure It Out says:

    Tony Sutton is partially to blame why Tom Emmer has lost the governor race. He is arrogant, a poor loser, and needs to censor his comments. “We will aggressively fight this election” one day after the vote. Give me a break. Poor choice of words.

    The GOP needs to replace Tony Sutton with someone that has dignity and the people’s respect. He is not it.

  10. Fred Pfeiffer says:

    As a life long Republican, never voted for Democratic ever. I now begin to see the rotten politic even Republicans can use. Tony Sutton and the committee got exactly what they deserve. A lousy Governor and a split party, so long Tony.

  11. stevo says:

    Tony Sutton did the right thing. Keep up the good work, Tony. These RINO’s should be kicked out, not for 2 years, but for 20. Tom Emmer won the nomination fair-and-square at the Republican convention. Once nominated, then support him, if you are truly a Republican.

    What’s the deal with these RINO’s? Where’s their head at? I’m surprised these RINO’s didn’t support Mark Dayton.

    1. Harry Koch says:

      Stevo, you must be related to Nancy Pelosi because only she would have thought of something so ignorant to BLOG about. Emmer is a convicted DRUNK………

      1. stevo says:

        In 1991 (19 years ago), Emmer pleaded guilty to careless driving, while two drunken-driving charges and a license-plate charge were dropped. In 1981 (29 years ago), Emmer received a DWI-related ticket.

        What skeletons are in YOUR closet, Koch???

  12. Bryson Powers says:

    I hope Pawlenty finds another state to live in if he doesn’t get a Federal gig.

  13. Ted says:

    I love it. They eat their own.

    Both parties are pretty much d-bags, just in different ways. Grotesque, Old Prevaricators vs Disingenuous, Fatuous Lunatics

  14. Chuck says:

    This is aRepublican tactic. In the past they took away chairmanships from those Rep’s that voted for the gas tax increase that there voters wanted just because it was not the Rep. line. That is why a GREAT Rep moderate like Steve Dille decided not to run again. Let’s get real and realize that party lines really suck. Don’t care which party you are on.;!!!!!!!

    1. stevo says:

      Voters want a TAX INCREASE?!?!?! Really, Chuck? What planet do you live on?

  15. DD says:

    Dave Durenburger, Arne Carlson and Al Quie, the only good republicans left in the state. For that matter the whole country. The republican party has turned into a group of radicals who want to control the lives of everyone. If your a republican now you probably would have been a victim at Jonestown back then, because you sure can’t think for yourself now.

    1. stevo says:

      These RINO’s are the only good republicans left in the state?

      ROFLMAOASTC! – Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off And Scaring The Cat!

  16. ivan says:

    At what point is Emmer going to understand that 8,700 votes is a loss???

    1. stevo says:

      The really sad part is, if we had Voter ID and NO vouching for people on Election Day, Emmer would be up by 8,700 votes.

  17. Maitai says:

    I would not belong to any organization that would have me as a member

  18. Mike says:

    It was not a motion by Sutton, but from the floor. Irresposible former Republicans have now been shown what actual Republicans feel.

    Yes these Republicans (now in effect censured if they come back to the fold)
    deserve to be ostracized. If they did not like the Republican choice, their option is to resign from the party or sit on their hands and sit out the election.

    I have resigned from the party in the past on principle. These ex leaders did not resign. That would have shown integrity.

  19. Donald says:

    “Mommy, my friends won’t let me play with them anymore because I wouldn’t do everything they wanted me to do.”

    If our children said something like that to us, wouldn’t most parents respond by telling the child it means they were not really their friends and that they should find better friends who won’t treat them that way just because they disagreed?

  20. Northside Charlie says:

    This is another example of the Republicans purging moderates from the party. The Republicans no longer present moderate candidates. I voted for Al Quie, Dave Durenberger, and Arne Carlson. If this year’s Republican candidate for governor had been a moderate, then he would have won this election in a landslide.

    1. Mark from says:

      @Northside Charlie Well said sir

    2. Todd says:

      I agree, I liked them all. They actually did what their constuients wanted, not what the party wanted, i.e. Dave Durenberger who they kicked out.

  21. Grateful says:

    Tom, Arnie & Dave have backbone. Tom Sutton? “what you have?” “Huh?”

  22. Mark from says:

    I’m thinking Tea Party might be my party? The Republicans and Democrats are both turning on their own.