IP candidate Tom Horner kicked-off the gubernatorial campaigning in Rochester today with a rally at 11:45 a.m. at the Peace Plaza in Rochester. PB reporter Christina Killion Valdez was there and provided the following report.
Horner met with customers inside Mac's Cafe before speaking to supporters on the Peace Plaza just before noon. Horner said his run has been like "getting a Ph.D. in Minnesota."
Among other cities Monday's tour will bring him to Austin, Albert Lea and Owatonna.
He also talked about the importance of creating long-term, career jobs, in bio business and life sciences. "Jobs of the future."
The 28 people who road the bus with him held signs, wore T-shirts that read "I'm in Horner's Corner" and chanted "Horner, Horner" to bring attention to the rally.
"It's kind of in line with Jon Stewart's speech," said Matt Lewis, Horner's press secretary. "You won't see us screaming."
A woman who had been inside Mac's Cafe left as the rally was underway after saying, "If he wants the women's vote he will have to shake their hands too. He was very rude."
Former State Rep. Neil Peterson of Bloomington introduced Horner. Peterson was one of six Republicans that went against the party to vote for the gas tax and override the governor.