WASHINGTON – The NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, announced its endorsement of Karin Housley, saying Housley will bring a “pro-small business sentiment” to U.S. Senate.
Housley, a Republican, is running against Democratic Sen. Tina Smith in the special election to fill Al Franken’s former seat. NFIB’s Minnesota State Director Mike Hickey said they are “proud” to endorse Housley, praising her track record of supporting small businesses.
“Karin Housley has been a longtime supporter of Minnesota small businesses,” Hickey said. “During her tenure in the Minnesota State Senate, she earned a 100 percent NFIB voting record. We know that she will bring the same pro-small business sentiment to the U.S. Senate, and we look forward to continuing to work with her. On behalf of our members in Minnesota, we are proud to endorse Karin Housley for election to the U.S. Senate.”
NFIB is the leading advocate for small businesses both at a federal and state level, focusing on “today’s most pressing small business issues, such as taxes, healthcare, and regulations.”
Sharon Sussin, NFIB National Political Director, also praised Housley for being “committed to supporting issues that matter to the small business community.”
“As a small business owner, Karin Housley understands the challenges small businesses face,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “She is committed to supporting issues that matter to the small business community like protecting small business tax cuts and rolling back burdensome regulations. We are glad to endorse her for election to the U.S. Senate.”
Housley said she is “honored” to be endorsed by NFIB, noting her own personal experience as a small business owner.
“As a small business owner myself, I know firsthand how higher taxes and burdensome regulations can impede success,” Housley said. “As a state senator, I’m proud of my record advocating for policy that makes it easier to start, operate, and grow a small business in Minnesota. As a United States Senator, I’m looking forward to working together and furthering that commitment to America’s small businesses.”
Polling data continues to show a competitive race for Franken’s former seat. The latest Star Tribune/MPR poll has Smith leading Housley 44 percent to 37 percent. Another 15 percent of those surveyed are undecided, making the race anybody’s game. The full poll results can be seen here.