Rich Stanek — former Hennepin County Sheriff and former state rep  — has joined the increasingly crowded field of Republicans in the race for governor.  This excerpt from his campaign announcement video:

“I’m running for governor because the Democrats in charge are letting lawlessness run rampant, and using the actions of a few bad actors to wage an all-out war on law enforcement.”

D-F-L Party Chairman Ken Martin says Stanek “disgraced himself by repeatedly using the n-word” and is unfit to be governor:

…”His repeated use of racial slurs, his long standing opposition to common-sense gun safety measures, and the multiple police brutality lawsuits against him during his time as sheriff.”

Stanek was not immediately available for comment.