Orono businessman announces bid for governor

Scott Honour announced today that he’s running for governor as a Republican. Honour’s LinkedIn page says he’s the chair of a gas transportation company in Minnesota. He also served as an investment banker for UBS Bank in Los Angeles.

Honour announced his run for governor in a video posted on his website. In the three minute video, Honour repeatedly mentions the need to “grow jobs” and says he is worried about “growing government.”

“We lack leadership in St. Paul, and that’s a failure of Gov. Dayton,” Honour said in the video. “We lack vision in St. Paul and that’s a failure of both parties. It’s time to return real leadership to the governor’s office.”

An official with Honour’s campaign said the candidate will not be doing interviews today to discuss his run.

Honour officially filed the paperwork with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board today. He lists Brian Clark as his campaign chair. Former state Sen. Ted Daley is listed as his campaign treasurer.

Honour is best known in Minnesota politics for hosting a high dollar, private fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012.

Other Republicans who have said they’re considering a run for governor include Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, state Sen. Dave Thompson, state Rep. Kurt Zellers and state Sen. David Hann.

Gov. Dayton has said he intends to run for re-election.

Honour’s announcement drew a quick response from the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, an outside group that works to elect Democrats. The group criticized Honour’s background.

“Surprise, surprise the first GOP candidate for MN Governor is a corporate CEO with mega-millions,” ABM wrote on its Facebook page. “He lives in a mansion on Lake Minnetonka. Not surprising: He’s wrong for Minnesota.”

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly said Honour lived in Wayzata because that is the address he listed on his campaign paperwork. Hennepin County property records say Honour’s home is in Orono.

  • Bill C

    Surprise, surprise the first GOP candidate for MN Governor is a corporate CEO with mega-millions,” ABM wrote on its Facebook page. “He lives in a mansion on Lake Minnetonka. Not surprising: He’s wrong for Minnesota.”

    Dayton is the grandson/great-grandson heir to a corporate fortune (Target) who hasn’t done a single day’s worth of work in the private sector his entire life. He also has mega millions sitting in trusts in South Dakota that don’t contribute a CENT to the economy of MN. I’m sure Gov Dayton doesn’t live in a cracker box himself. The misdirection and ironic spin from Alida (Rockefeller – mega BILLIONS) Messinger’s brain trust would be mind boggling if it weren’t so utterly predictable.

    I know one of his personal hobbies: buying elections.

  • JimC

    Alliance for a Better Minnesota is hypocritical for supporting Dayton and trashing Honour for their wealth. Tell us something we didn’t already know.

  • Bruces

    Alliance for a Better Minnesota, careful where you toss the rocks. Our current governor as others have stated, is living off a nice family legacy, and he also belongs to arguably the most exclusive country club in the Mn. Are you sure you want to “go there”? Funny, we’re never treated to any press on Mr.Dayton’s millions, guess its because he’s left of center politically. It’s okay to inherit money, just don’t make any.

  • Talon1

    It is interesting that the Alliance for MN post posing as news will not let anyone comment. Just like the broken MNsure site. Comment link does not work. I think that in the intent, because there are at least 50% of the MN voters that agree Dayton is living out his wealth guilt at taxpayers expense. I’d like a leader in MN that has a brain. In fact MN should be proud of Scott H. A product of public High School that made it on his own. That person posing as a journalist, Emily…she should be ashamed of her comments and lies posing as news. She is just another hack.