Love & politics: Barnett, wife hit the trail


Local News

June 16, 2018 - 4:02 AM

Late last month Republican gubernatorial candidate and former state Sen. Jim Barnett took the unprecedented step of selecting his wife, Rosie Hansen, to be his running mate.

In doing so, Barnett rejected the usual bits of political advice that suggest a candidate should choose a running mate based on the running mate’s geographical home base or the amount of money or quality of political connections the running mate is able to attract, or else based on some other obvious metric calculated to project a balanced ticket and, thus, a ticket with the widest possible appeal.

“I actually pushed all those [considerations] aside,” Barnett has said. “What is most important to me is that the lieutenant governor is right on the issues.”

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