Barkley Backs Horner For Governor

Former U.S. Sen. Dean Barkley sent a letter to fellow Independence Party members supporting Tom Horner for governor.

"Tom offers the most comprehensive plan to balance the budget and create a more favorable environment for jobs in Minnesota," Barkley wrote.

Getting vocal support from people like Barkley, well liked within the party, is important for Horner. There is some fear within the Independence Party that some Republicans will cross over during the Aug. 10 primary election to vote for a long-shot candidate who would be less of a threat to drain votes from GOP candidate Tom Emmer.