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Some people behind this progressive Republican effort

Bob Carney and Bill McGaughey filing for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in the 2010 Republican primary (June 1, 2010)

The immediate cause: Bob Carney and Bill McGaughey were candidates in Minnesota's 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary. Their ticket finished second among four candidacies, gaining 9,856 votes or 7.56% of the total. The primary was won by conservative Republican, Tom Emmer, who went on narrowly to lose the general election to DFL candidate Mark Dayton. Bob and Bill had become acquainted as fellow candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2009.


Some interesting facts about Bob Carney:

His grandfather was an alternative delegate (from North Dakota) to the 1912 convention of progressive ("Bull Moose") Republicans that nominated Theodore Roosevelt for President.

Bob's mother shot a hole-in-one at a golf tournament while pregnant with him.

Bob worked to oppose the merger between Northern States Power (NSP) and New Century Energy, resulting in Xcel Energy. His financial analysis showed how unfavorable the merger terms were for NSP shareholders due to inclusion of a then high-flying subsidiary, NRG, which almost forced the company into bankruptcy.

Bob filed the original lawsuit challenging Gov. Pawlenty's use of his "unallotment" powers. A later suit, whose verdict was upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court, was a precipating factor leading to the first special session of the Minnesota legislature in 2010.

When Bob Carney ran for Mayor of Minneapolis in 2009, city election officials would not let him put the term "moderate progressive Republican" next to his name on the ballot so he ran under the label "moderate progressive censored".


Some interesting facts about Bill McGaughey:

His father, born in 1912, was named for President Taft, then running for reelection. Bill's full name is William Howard Taft McGaughey, Jr.

Bill's two brothers are buried in a grave site in the Milford (PA) cemetery less than 100 feet from the grave of noted conservationist Gifford Pinchot, Theodore Roosevelt's close friend who helped found the Progressive Party in 1912.

George Romney, father of Mitt, took Bill and Mitt's brother Scott to a Detroit Tigers ball game in the summer of 1956 after they had both completed a welding course at Cass Technical High School in Detroit.

Bill later took a literature course at Yale from Robert Penn Warren, Pulitzer-prize winning author of "All the King's Men" (about Huey Long) and America's first Poet Laureate.

For the past sixteen years, Bill has participated in a singing group founded by Robert Bly, author of "Iron John" and Minnesota's current Poet Laureate.

Bill coauthored a book with former U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy titled "Nonfinancial Economics: the Case for Shorter Hours of Work". It was published by Praeger in 1989.

Bill is co-director of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee which once shut down a meeting of the Minneapolis City Council after it voted to revoke the rental license of a fellow landlord. (link)

Bill's book on world history, "Five Epochs of Civilization", was translated into Chinese. It was reviewed in a publication of the Chinese Xinhua news agency and has been sold commercially in China. The initial print run there sold out. (link)

Bill is program chair of the 2011 annual conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, marking the 50th anniversary of that organization's founding in Salzburg, Austria. (link)

Bill is the proprietor of this web site and is solely responsible for its content and operation.


Links to related websites:

The Lonely Republican by Nick Halter (about Bob Carney's 2010 campaign for Governor)

Bill McGaughey's personal website

Bill McGaughey's website, "My brushes with the Presidency".

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