The Independence Party is holding its endorsing convention on Saturday in Bloomington. Delegates will consider endorsements for the U.S. Senate, the 6th Congressional District and for president. I-P Chair Craig Swaggert says three people are seeking the Independence Party endorsement for U.S. Senate. They are Bill McGaughey, Kurt Anderson and Stephen Williams. But Swaggert said it’s possible that the delegates will vote for no endorsement as they wait to see whether former Governor Jesse Ventura enters the race.
“There’s certainly a push to nominate a delegate and endorse one but with Governor Ventura’s possible run for the Senate, it does effect how it will be looked at at the convention.”
Ventura has said he won’t make a decision until July. He would square off against GOP incumbent Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken if he decides to run.
Convention delegates are also thinking about endorsing DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. He’s running against GOP incumbent Michele Bachmann. Swaggert also said the delegates will also consider cross-endorsements for president including Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.