Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Minnesota governor race draws gaze of New York Times columnist

By Jim Heffernan

Minnesota’s race for governor made the New York Times on Monday when columnist Peter Applebome cited Republican candidate Tom Emmer in a piece about candidates with what Applebome considers extreme views.

The column focused on the case of a Republican candidate for Congress in New York State whose right-wing writings and associations are so controversial that his own Republican Party is going to court to have him removed from the ballot. Eugenics and Nazis were mentioned.

Applebome also cited other GOP candidates whose views have been labeled extreme – Senate candidates Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sharron Angle of Nevada and New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino -- before writing:

“And then there’s Minnesota State Rep. Tom Emmer, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor of Minnesota, whose view of the ability of states to nullify federal laws approximates what Jefferson Davis argued in 1861.” (Read entire column HERE.)

Davis, for those who have forgotten their 7th grade history, was president of the Confederacy, which seceded from the Union, bringing about the Civil War. Minnesota fought for the North. Somebody should tell Emmer.

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