Former Republican Richard Painter is running in the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s US Senate despite losing the endorsement vote to Tina Smith. Smith was appointed to the office when Senator Al Franken resigned earlier this year.
Painter is taking his campaign to people who will vote in the DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor) August 14th primary. He met with about 60 voters at Minnetonka City Hall on June 26. The winner of the primary will likely face Republican Karin Housley in the November general election.
This is an interview after his formal presentation. He has been pursuing Tina Smith seeing a debate in Washington or Minnesota or wherever.
He had a detailed discussion of some of the issues with the Polymet sulphide mining plan near the Boundary Waters. He said we've been mining taconite iron ore on the iron range. There is no sulphide range. Also, the actual ownership is a complex web of companies with questionable environmental records and with financial ties to Russian Oligarchs.