I spoke with GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann at the GOP State Central Committee meeting yesterday. I asked her whether she would be interested in running for governor in 2010. She said she’s happy with her job in Washington, but wouldn’t completely rule out a run for governor.
“It would have to be if I felt like I was supposed to do it and right now I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be. If my heart moved in the other direction and I had the tug, I’d do it. I wouldn’t be afraid to run for office. I just don’t feel the tug.”
To be clear, Bachmann said she’s happy in Washington but wouldn’t completely rule out a run for governor when pressed.
Several Republican activists and consultants say they think Bachmann would be the odds-on favorite to win the GOP endorsement if she entered the race. And Norm Coleman, who is still fighting in the courts to win the 2008 U.S. Senate race, also wouldn’t take a potential run off the table. He emphasized, however, that his primary focus is the U.S. Senate race.