Former KTTC-TV multimedia journalist James Bunner wears a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat while reporting outside President Donald Trump’s campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Rochester.

John Howe, the Republican candidate for Minnesota Secretary of State, said he had a “nice conversation” with James Bunner, but the fired KTTC-TV multimedia journalist is pursuing other offers.

“I only have less than 30 days left (in my campaign),” Howe said. “And he’s looking for something a little more stable.”

Bunner was fired by KTTC-TV for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat during President Trump’s political rally last week in Rochester.

Calling the firing unfair, the Howe campaign reached out to Bunner to offer him a job.

Tim Droogsma, Howe’s campaign manager and a former reporter, said he was not “second-guessing” the station’s decision. “They’ve got standards, as all media businesses do, but it just seemed a little bit over the top for us,” Droogsma said.

Droogsma, campaign manager for the Howe campaign, said Bunner would have filled in at a time of need for the Howe campaign as it made its final push for voters before the Nov. 6 election. Howe is running against incumbent DFL Secretary of State Steve Simon.


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Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.

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