VIDEO: Gazelka says other Republicans running for governor aren’t actually conservatives

Sen. Paul Gazelka is running for governor. He says some of his primary challengers are fake conservatives running as Republicans. "We're not all conservatives," he told Alpha News.

Alpha News managing editor Kyle Hooten talks with Sen. Paul Gazelka in-studio Tuesday.

Paul Gazelka is a state senator, former Senate majority leader and a gubernatorial candidate running to unseat Gov. Tim Walz in 2022.

Before he has a shot at becoming governor, however, he must win the primary election against at least five other Republicans. He told Alpha News that voters should elect him because he’s the most conservative.

“There’s six candidates running on the Republican side and I think that you need to find the most conservative candidate,” he said. “Not every one of the candidates out there, even though they say they’re conservatives, are conservatives … we’re not all conservatives.”

He also touted his leadership experience at the head of the Minnesota Senate. “Nobody else, frankly, has had the governing experience that I’ve had.”

Gazelka also spoke on his role in balancing Minnesota’s budget. “It’s a $50 billion budget, it’s not the easiest thing to try to navigate through. Nobody’s done that.”

“On actually winning, we’ve won under my leadership back-to-back majorities in the Senate for the first time ever,” he concluded.



Kyle Hooten

Kyle Hooten is Managing Editor of Alpha News. His coverage of Minneapolis has been featured on television shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and in print media outlets like the Wall Street Journal.