October 09, 2009
GOP State Convention Notes
The Republican Party of Minnesota held their state convention Saturday, October 3, 2009 at RiverCentre in Saint Paul. The delegates gathered to conduct official party business but the big draw was a straw poll for the 2010 Gubernatorial race.
The convention was well attended with 1,234 delegates voting in the straw poll. In the non-binding poll, state Representative Marty Seifert from Marshall finished first with 37 percent of the vote, followed by Delano state Representative Tom Emmer with 23 percent, and coming in third was former state Auditor Pat Anderson with 14 percent.
State Senator David Hann from Eden Prairie finished strong in fourth place. Hann impressed delegates with his low-key, thoughtful speeches combined with his conservative credentials. The rest of the candidates on the ballot, including state Representative Paul Kohls (Victoria), Senator Michael Jungbauer (East Bethel), former state legislator Bill Haas, Leslie David and Phil Herwig, were bested by the "None" category. A total of 59 votes made the "None" category, the fifth place winner.
Pawlenty PAC Kicks Off Speculation of a Presidential Run
Governor Tim Pawlenty, who is considered a potential presidential candidate, has formed a political action committee (PAC) designed to raise money for Republican candidates. The Freedom First PAC will raise Pawlenty's profile nationally and has fueled speculation about his run for the White House. Formation of a PAC is another step most potential presidential candidates take while mulling over a run for the presidency.
State Representative John Lesch (DFL-Saint Paul) has joined the Minnesota National Guard. Lesch will leave next week for basic training at Georgia's Fort Benning. Two other state legislators serve as military personnel. Representative Bruce Anderson (R-Buffalo Township) serves as a member of the Air Force Reserve and Representative Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) is a member of the Army Reserve.
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced this week that he would not run for governor in 2010. Coleman is up for re-election this November as mayor of Saint Paul and has been considered a potential gubernatorial candidate. In his statement, Coleman noted his work as mayor is not complete. He will focus on city projects such as building a new Saint Paul Saints minor league stadium in Lowertown and bringing the Central Corridor rail plan to fruition. Coleman's announcement surprised many of his staffers and the political community. He has been gearing up for a run over the last few years.
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