House speaker and mayors are considering campaigns

Three prominent Democrats confirmed today that they’re considering a run for governor in 2010.

Two days after Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty announced he would not seek a third term, an event marking solar energy legislation brought St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to the State Capitol. Following the event, all three said they were weighing campaigns. Kelliher says she’s been talking to a lot of people.

“I continue to have experiences like last night where my daughter and I were out for her birthday, and a random person comes up to me and says I hope you run for governor,” Kelliher said. “So, I am weighing those inquires that are daily very seriously.”

Kelliher says she thinks candidates will have to be in the race by this fall. Both Coleman and Rybak said they’re considering their options but are also focused on their current mayoral duties.

  • Gordon

    How can Kelliher run for higher office after such a disastrous legislative session? What’s her pitch: “As Speaker I was incompetent and accomplished nothing, but maybe I’ll be better as Governor”? With up and comers already in the field like Susan Gaertner and Paul Thissen, Kelliher should stay out of the way of the DFL finally winning a gubernatorial race.

  • Ginny

    Agreed!