The Minnesota Independence Party is trying to distance itself from one of its members who is running for governor and fought with his ex-wife last year.
Rob Hahn said he made a mistake when he threatened his ex-wife.
That was not enough for party Chairman Jack Uldrich, who felt it necessary to remind Minnesotans that the party overwhelmingly endorsed Tom Horner, not Hahn.
"The Independence Party of Minnesota takes accusations of domestic violence very seriously," wrote Uldrich, whose father also is running for governor. "Some in the public may be under the false impression that the Independence Party condones either Rob Hahn’s actions or his candidacy for governor. We do not."
The court granted Hahn’s ex-wife a restraining order against the candidate.
Hahn called the fight a one-time incident.