Gutknecht Backing the Grams Juggernaut?
From the Associated Press:
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht said Friday he would run for re-election to the House, ending the possibility of a primary fight between two Republican congressmen for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton.
"I love the job I have in Washington and I just feel like I fit more in the House of Representatives than I would fit in the Senate," he said. "If the voters of southern Minnesota will allow me to do this, I would like to run for re-election."
Shortly after Dayton, a Democrat, announced that he would not seek a second term Rep. Mark Kennedy announced he would run for the seat. He has picked up the backing of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman and 26 state senators.
Gutknecht didn't endorse Kennedy on Friday.
"It's too early to predict who will ultimately emerge as the Republican nominee," he said. "I am confident that whether it's Mark Kennedy or someone else, we will find a very strong candidate."
Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, whom Dayton defeated in 2000, is the only other GOP candidate.