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It also provides a stamp of approval of sorts from two of the state’s three major parties.
Steve Carlson, the IP candidate, stunned his party by snatching the primary from the IP’s endorsed candidate, Kevin Terrell. Carlson is a self-described Tea Party candidate who, in a three-way race, would be more likely to draw votes from the Republican than the Democratic candidate.
The party has been distancing itself from Carlson since his primary win and appears to have stripped his name and likeness from its website.
On Monday, Jack Uldrich, a former Minnesota IP chairman, announced he would support McFadden and not Carlson.
“As a long-time political independent, I’m endorsing Mike McFadden because he has the integrity to reach across party lines and do what is right for Minnesotans and future generations,” Uldrich said.
David Dillon, who ran as the IP candidate for the Third Congressional District in 2008 but lost to Republican Erik Paulsen, said he too would support McFadden, but not because he opposed Carlson.
“Not for me, it really has got zero to do with it,” Dillon said. No matter who came through the Independence Party primary, he said, “ I still would have endorsed McFadden because he’s that good.”
Dillon said he is untroubled that McFadden stood next to Johnson one day after announcing his IP support.
“I’m interested in better policy out of the Senate instead of dogmatic, which is what we’ve got,” Dillon said. He said McFadden was “the better policy guy” but added that “if he’s out there with the dogmatic guy because he needs the votes, he needs the money — that’s politics.”
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