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Associated Press, Published September 22 2010

Minnesota business lobby sides with GOP's Emmer

ST. PAUL (AP) — A leading Minnesota business group says it has backed Republican Tom Emmer in the governor's race, choosing him over a former business executive waging a third-party run.

The Minnesota Chamber Leadership Fund Political Action Committee announced Wednesday that Emmer was endorsed for his "pro-business, pro-jobs" agenda and the board considered him the "most electable."

The Independence Party's Tom Horner was also interviewed. He formerly led a Twin Cities public relations firm. Democrat Mark Dayton declined a chance to interview for the endorsement.

Mike Franklin, who directs the chamber's political arm, wouldn't say if the vote was unanimous but said "all members stand by the decision."

Emmer is the only leading candidate to put forward a budget plan without tax increases. He plans to dial back state spending to fix a $6 billion projected deficit.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.