Former Minneapolis Mayor/Congressman Don Fraser backs Thissen

Former Minneapolis Mayor and Congressman Don Fraser is backing Democrat Paul Thissen’s campaign for governor. In a letter to supporters, Fraser wrote that Thissen is the best candidate for the job:

The stakes in this election are high and the challenges daunting. I believe that Paul Thissen is the candidate who gives us our best chance of restoring progressive leadership to the governor’s office.

Other candidates began this campaign with stronger name recognition, but as election day draws near, voters make their own assessments. They take the measure of the candidates and what they will bring to the office they seek.

Fraser served in Congress from 1963 until 1979, when he gave up his seat to run for the U.S. Senate (he lost 1978 primary bid to Bob Short who lost in the general to Republican Dave Durenberger). He then became the longest serving mayor in Minneapolis history, getting elected in 1979 and serving until 1993.

You can read Fraser’s full letter here.

  • Eric Schubert

    Rep. Thissen is a very smart person, who would work to bring people together. I like how he looks at the next 10 years, not just the next vote. We need longer-term vision in Minnesota in our next Governor.

  • David Galchutt

    Paul has the brains, the heart and the courage to be Minnesota’s next great Governor. He’s thoughtful, possesses a positive outlook, is a good listener and truly cares about people. No wonder why Don Fraser endorsed Paul. I worked on Don’s Senate bid in 1978 and I am working on Paul’s campaign in 2010.