Paul Demko reports at the Politics in Minnesota blog,
Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and frequent presidential candidate, is supporting Ken Pentel in the governor’s race. Pentel is running on the Ecology Democracy ticket, a fledgling political party that he created.
Pentel has made two previous runs for the state’s top office under the Green Party banner. In 2002 he drew support from 2.3 percent of voters; four years later he failed to top one percent [Note: in 1998 Pentel drew 0.3% as the Green nominee; in 2006 he drew 0.49%].
“In a 2000 Business Week poll, over 70% of the people said corporations have too much control over their lives,” Nader said in a statement announcing the endorsement. “This was before the corporate outrages, corporate militarism and Wall Street Collapse, recession and bailout of the past decade. Ken Pentel gets this feeling by a large majority of Americans in an experienced and knowledgeable way. He is a long time Minnesotan, fighter for fairness, justice and wise and healthy use of natural resources – air, water, soil, energy.”
Pentel also had a booth at a busy thoroughfare at the Minnesota state fair last week.
Three other minor parties are also fielding candidates. Among those is Farheen Hakim, a longtime Green Party activist. The prominent Independence Party is running former GOP staffer and PR executive Tom Horner for the state’s top post.