Written by Mark Sommerhauser
DFL congressional candidate Jim Graves’ campaign says it has secured the endorsement of former Minnesota governor Arne Carlson, a Republican.
The Graves campaign has scheduled a news conference about the endorsement at 7 p.m. tonight at its office on Fifth Avenue South in downtown St. Cloud.
Graves, a St. Cloud hotel executive, is trying to unseat Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater.
The Graves campaign announced last week it would soon reveal the support of a leading Minnesota Republican. Today, campaign manager Adam Graves confirmed it’s Carlson, the two-term Minnesota governor.
Adam Graves said Carlson’s support is indicative of a broader trend among fiscal conservatives impressed by Graves’ business background and desire to improve the federal government’s fiscal situation.
“Jim is deeply honored and humbled by the endorsement of one of the state’s most widely respected Republicans,” Adam Graves said.
Carlson has been sharply critical of Bachmann, comparing her to former Sen. Joseph McCarthy in a recent post at his blog.
Carlson, who was Minnesota’s governor from 1991 to 1999, also has a history of endorsing candidates outside the GOP.
He supported Democrats Barack Obama in 2008 and Rep. Tim Walz in 2010. Also in 2010, Carlson endorsed the Independence Party candidate for governor, Tom Horner.