Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement yesterday that he won't seek a third term has already triggered political maneuvering. Marty Seifert, the Republican leader ...
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement yesterday that he won't seek a third term has already triggered political maneuvering. Marty Seifert, the Republican leader in the state House, says he'll drop his leadership position June 24 in preparation for a likely run.
Other state legislators are thinking about it, including David Senjem and David Hamm, the Republican leader and assistant leader, respectively, of the Minnesota Senate.
The most intriguing name floated by the Star Tribune in its roundup, though, is U.S. senator-in-limbo Norm Coleman. That would give Coleman something to do once he finally abandons his Jarndyce-like legal battle.
It's some reversal of fortune for the state's two most prominent Republicans. Remember that back in 2001, Pawlenty was planning to run for the U.S. Senate himself, but backed off when first Karl Rove and then Dick Cheney called to let him know they wanted him to run for governor instead, believing that Coleman would be the stronger Senate candidate.
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