That has created a problem for Menze. The AP's Patrick Condon reports in Minn. 3rd party gets contested Senate primary:
Menze has already won the Senate endorsement from the obscure Minnesota Whig Party, which Jenkins said would prohibit him from getting the IP endorsement. Menze said he might renounce the Whig endorsement if it helps him win IP backing.
In Menze's political career, the IP banner has meant some support at the ballot box. Condon reports:
Menze, an accountant from the western Minnesota town of Starbuck, is a two-time loser against U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. As the Republican candidate against Peterson in 2008, Menze won 28 percent of the vote; in 2010, he was the IP's candidate against Peterson and a Republican, and got just 3 percent of the vote.
"It's a long shot, no doubt about it, but so was Jesse," Menze said.
Photo: Whig Party candidate Glen Menze. via MPR.