Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006


'Anybody Can Make a Race Against Dayton'

So says Jennifer Duffy, analyst for the Cook Report in this morning's Strib.

In total, Rob Hotakainen assembles a piece with little good news for Minnesota's Senior Senator. He surmises that in addition to Messrs. Kennedy and Gutknecht there may be other high-profile candidates to test the waters. Governor Pawlenty, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, former gubernatorial candidate Brian Sullivan and even the beloved Vin Weber may run against the "weakest" Democratic incumbent.

But the Washington Bureau Correspondent could have done a bit more due diligence around D.C. and discovered that Governor Pawlenty is already being bandied about as a presidential or vice-presidential candidate. DvK is willing to predict that Pawlenty and Dick Cheney could be sharing quite the laugh about a certain phone call 4 years hence.

Kiffmeyer is fading even in her race of choice: to replace Mark Kennedy in the 6th District in a likely race against Patty Wetterling.

Weber is making too much money to run and would defer to his old pal Gutknecht.

Sullivan? Maybe. Lots of cash. Pretty. My sense is he's an executive by nature and would prefer another shot at the governor's office in 6 years. Another high-profile loss would spell the end of what could still be a promising political career.



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