As with previous Barnes endorsements, it's a form letter, essentially. Freeman--playing candidacy oracle--gives no evidence of having seriously reviewed the alternatives. He does not claim Barnes has ever authored a courageous statement or shown any political backbone. Freeman makes no affirmation of Barnes' history of independent thinking--as Barnes supporters don't consider that characteristic important.
For Freeman, Barnes fits the bill due to his ostensible appeal to independents.
Perhaps the Hennepin County Attorney hasn't been following Barnes' publicly-stated views: At the Barnes-Sund debate, Barnes made clear his central proposal for restoring economic growth is to increase education spending. Barnes' preferred method for reducing the deficit is to raise taxes.
In a 311-word endorsement, Freeman spends one sentence on issues:
Brian Barnes is a strong advocate for Medicare and Social Security, for our environment, and for our brothers and sisters in organized labor.Standard political fluff then, nothing more.
I have not previously heard this claim being put forth, btw:
Brian Barnes has real business experience, providing hundreds of American manufacturing jobs.If any reader can provide evidence in support of this claim, please do not hesitate to comment. (Sounds like yet more BS.)