Gov. Tim Pawleny is taking a swipe at Independence Party candidate Tom Horner at a time when polls indicate GOP candidate Tom Emmer has a shaky grip on the party's base.
In a statement released Sunday, Pawlenty says he has known Horner for 30 years and he's a decent man, but Pawlenty says Horner's proposals would take the state in the wrong direction.
Horner is a former Republican strategist. A key piece of his plan for handling an expected $5.8 billion budget deficit is tacking the sales tax on more items.
Pawlenty says any Republican who votes for Horner is not only helping Democrat Mark Dayton, but casting a vote to undo the tax and spending cuts Pawlenty championed.
Recent independent polls show Dayton is leading the race with a sizable share of undecided voters still up for grabs.
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