Mitch Tyner discusses gubernatorial run

The Star: It’s been documented that you have made financial contributions to Democratic candidates in the past. How do you justify that and then turn around and run as a Republican for governor?

Tyner: My contributions to Republicans far outweigh my contributions to Democrats. I’m not going to doggedly follow Republicans off of the side of a mountain either. I will vote for the person, always. The party platform simply is more consistent with my beliefs than the Democrat platform.
Sid Salter wrote an article condemning me because I gave money to Ronnie Musgrove last time around. Mike Parker was in Washington for 10 years, he came home to run for governor. I knew Ronnie Musgrove better. I thought he’d make a better governor.

Franklin County Times
June 2003