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Associated Press, Published October 10 2010

Pawlenty swipes at Horner in endorsement of Emmer

MINNEAPOLIS – Gov. Tim Pawlenty is endorsing fellow Republican Tom Emmer for governor, while taking a swipe at Independence Party candidate Tom Horner.

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.