Dayton v. Kennedy

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

2/10/2005

Franken Not Running

It was too good to be true. Minnesota's conservative blogosphere mourns the following news:

WASHINGTON - After speculation that Al Franken would run for the Senate seat Mark Dayton is leaving open, the comedian says he is not going to be a candidate.

The announcement was made just before 2 p.m. in Washington D.C. during Franken's national radio program Air America.

Franken had said last year that he wanted to run for the Senate seat held by Norm Coleman in 2008. However, after Dayton said he would not seek a second term, he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he was considering his candidacy for next year.

Franken, a Minnesota native, added that he plans to honor his two-year commitment to Air America. And while he is keeping his options open for a 2008 campaign, he said he would move back to Minnesota before making any announcement on his candidacy.

(Hat Tip - Peoples Republic of Minnesota)

From the same article, some more campaign updates:

U.S. Sen Rod Grams, who lost his seat to Dayton in 2000, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he is running for the open seat ...
Kennedy said he will make an announcement about his possible candidacy on Friday....

On the DFL side, activist Buck Humphrey said he's not ruling out a bid for the U.S. Senate....

State House Minority Leader Matt Entenza was considered to be a potential Senate candidate by many. However, he said Wednesday that he's not interested

- posted by Doug

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