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Rep. Tom Emmer, a Republican governor candidate, announces Tuesday that Annette Meeks will be his running mate. Meeks runs a conservative think tank in the Twin Cities. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Emmer picks political insider as running mate

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ST. PAUL -- An Illinois native who ran Newt Gingrich's office after he became U.S. House speaker is Minnesota governor candidate Rep. Tom Emmer's running mate.

Emmer, a Delano Republican, Tuesday picked Annette Meeks as his lieutenant governor candidate three days before the Republican state convention is to endorse a ticket.

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