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Minnesota Independence Party endorses Williams for Senate

The Independence Party of Minnesota endorsed farmer Stephen Williams for U.S. Senate and will back Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg in the Sixth District U.S. House race.

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  1. SovereignMN SovereignMN June 23, 2008

    Since Minnesota is still a caucus state the caucuses will elect delegates to the state convention. The state convention will then endorse a candidate before the primary election. Those endorsed candidates will then receive access to the party donor lists and party funds during the summer months leading up to the primary. Candidates who do not receive the endorsement may still run in the primary but they receive no “official” party support.

    Also as an FYI – the CP endorsed James Niemackl as their candidate for U.S. Senate this Saturday. Niemackl is a detective with the Hopkins Police Department. Niemackl was originally running as a Congressional candidate in the 5th district against Keith Ellison but since the Republican candidate is an outspoken Ron Paul supporter and the CP had no candidate for U.S. Senate he changed his mind.

  2. hogarth hogarth June 22, 2008

    “Elwyn Tinklenberg”?

    What a cute name!!

  3. darcyrichardson darcyrichardson June 22, 2008

    The Minnesota Independence Party, which achieved ballot status as a result of the more than 95,000 votes cast for U.S. Senate hopeful Dean Barkley in 1994, has had relatively competitive primaries in each of the past three U.S. Senate races in that state. In fact, Stephen Williams, the little-known Brownsdale farmer who won the party’s endorsement yesterday, actively sought the party’s U.S. Senate nomination two years ago, polling 24% of the vote while finishing third in the party’s September primary.

    One of the more interesting primaries occurred in 2002 when William McGaughey and one other Independence Party candidate challenged Jim Moore, the endorsed candidate, for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination. McGaughey, a political gadfly who once co-authored a book on a shorter workweek with the late Eugene McCarthy, a former two-term Democratic U.S. Senator from Minnesota, polled 8,482 votes, or 31%, while finishing second in that three-way race.

    A big clue as to Jesse Ventura’s intentions this year can be gleaned from Dean Barkley’s decision last week not to seek the party’s nomination. Barkley, who served briefly in the U.S. Senate following Paul Wellstone’s tragic death and later managed Kinky Friedman’s gubernatorial campaign in Texas, is perhaps Ventura’s closest political ally. Until last week, Barkley was seriously eyeing this race, but said all along that he wouldn’t enter the contest if Ventura decided to run.

    As for his part, the former governor has repeatedly stated that he won’t officially decide on the race until mid-July, shortly before the primary filing deadline.

    Stay tuned.

  4. Sean Scallon Sean Scallon June 22, 2008

    Looks like the IP isn’t waiting to see what Ventura is going to do. If Ventura wants a party line in Minnesota he’s going to have to win it in the primary or run as a pure independent.

  5. Jim Rongstad Jim Rongstad June 22, 2008

    Yes, there is still a primary in Minnesota. Filing for office is from July 1 thru July 15, 2008. So by July 16th all the candidates will be known.

  6. G.E. G.E. June 22, 2008

    Fred – I don’t think so. I think there’s still a primary. Actually, in my pre-libertarian days, I read Wellstone’s book. He was not endorsed by the party but still won the primary. I think the difference is that in most states, the state parties stay neutral in the primaries, but in MN, they try to make the decision. If I’m wrong, hopefully Richard Winger will correct me.

  7. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz June 22, 2008

    So in MN, when a party organization gives you the endorsement, that’s the end of it? Franken and this Williams guy are a done deal?

  8. Deran Deran June 22, 2008

    So, Jesse Ventura was selling his new book? It’s a brilliant book marketing. Next time, should I ever get another novel published, you can be sure I am running for office!

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