Dayton Press Conference Upcoming - Expected to Announce He Won't Seek Re-election
I would like to add that should this announcement hold true, it accomplishes Gary's mission statement:
It is being reported that within the next hour or two, Minnesota's Mark Dayton will announce that he is not seeking re-election to the Senate. I'd classify this as a mild surprise; I assume it's the result of pressure from fellow Democrats who fear that Dayton is too weak to hold his seat. His retirement will open the door for a stronger candidate. Obvious possibilities include Vance Opperman and Mike Ciresi. Both have the virtue of being rich, although neither has held office. Another possibility is Attorney General Mike Hatch, although I think he prefers to run for Governor. It's hard to see any of the Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation as serious contenders.
RETURNING SENATOR MARK DAYTON TO THE RANKS OF THE IDLE RICH IN 2006.
Yet I have a feeling we'll stick around a bit longer. Half the URL still works. :-)
UPDATE: Chad the Elder, and Saint Paul at Fraters Libertas chime in. Saint Paul makes it personal:
Dayton not running for Senate in '06.
In related news, price plummets in Dayton v. Kenney blog common stock.
Are you kidding? This has "collector's item" written all over it. Like owning a "Dewey Defeats Truman" edition of the Chicago Tribune. Get your orders for the t-shirts in quickly, because when they're gone, they're gone.
UPDATE 2: The Press conference is over. And Dayton did indeed announce he's not running in 2006:
ST. PAUL - Sen. Mark Dayton has announced that he will not seek re-election.
In an afternoon conference call, the one-term senator said it has been a "tremendous honor" to serve the people of Minnesota for the past four years. However, he said he did not believe he was the best candidate to keep the seat in the hands of the Democrats.
Fundraising was also a factor. Dayton said he could not both engage in campaign fundraising efforts and be an effective senator.
(Hat Tip to Jay Reding)
-posted by Doug