ST. PAUL - Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer picked a political insider, little known to the public, as his running mate three days before the state party is to endorse a candidate.
Annette Meeks runs a conservative think tank known as Freedom Foundation of Minnesota. For nine years she was at the Center of the American Experiment.
Emmer, a state representative from Delano, is locked in what most observers describe as a tight battle with fellow state Rep. Marty Seifert of Marshall for the party endorsement. Seifert already picked a Twin Cities' suburban county commissioner as his lieutenant governor candidate.
Meeks is a behind-the-scenes political worker, although she has regularly appeared as a political analyst on a Twin Cities television show.
Davis reports for Forum Communications Co.