Gaertner backs Entenza for governor

Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner has announced she’s supporting DFL candidate Matt Entenza in the governor’s race.

Gaertner ended her own campaign for governor in late April. She said at the time that she didn’t see a path to victory following the DFL endorsement of House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Gaertner did not seek the party endorsement.

During a news conference with Entenza today, Gaertner said her decision to back him was a matter of personal loyalty.

“When I had a tough re-election bid in 1998, all the Ramsey County DFL legislators supported my opponent, save one,” Gaertner said. “And that one person was Matt Entenza endorsed. I’ll never forget that.”

Entenza described Gaertner as one of the leading law enforcement officials in Minnesota. He said he was thrilled to have her support.

“This highlights a number of weeks that have shown significant momentum for my campaign,” Entenza said.

Gaertner will serve as chair of the campaign.

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