Democrat Mike Ciresi stepped into the race for governor on Monday and backed IP candidate Tom Horner. The attorney, and two-time candidate for the U.S. Senate, decided against backing his DFL foe in 2000. Dayton defeated Ciresi in the Primary in 2000. Ciresi is the first major Democrat to back Horner’s campaign.
Dayton’s running mate, Yvonne Pretter-Solon, says she’s surprised by Ciresi’s decision. She said Dayton held a fundraiser at Ciresi’s firm recently.
Dayton campaigned in northwestern Minnesota.
DNC Chair Tim Kaine will kick off the DFL Party’s GOTV efforts at the U of M.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will campaign with Annette Meeks and Randy Demmer on Saturday in Winona.
There will be other GOP rallies on Saturday to counter President Obama’s visit to Minnesota.
Race for Congress
4th District GOP candidate Teresa Collett is airing ads.
The Secretary of State candidates debated the issues on Midday.
Forum Communications takes a look at the candidates running for Attorney General.
Gov. Pawlenty backed Republican AG candidate Chris Barden.
A complaint was filed against a Hastings pastor who backed Emmer from the pulpit.
Here’s a list of the events of the next two weeks.
Under the Dome
Minnesota doctors defend drug payments.
Military recruiters are told to accept gay applicants.
Talks to end the war in Afghanistan involve face to face discussions with the Taliban.
Clarence Thomas’s wife asked Anita Hill for an apology.
Changes to the health care law bring added stress to hospital administrators.
The remaining members of the RNC 8 plead guilty but won’t get jail time.
Norm for RNC Chair Watch
Roll Call reports that former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman will run to be RNC Chair (subscription required).
Pawlenty for Prez Watch
Gov. Pawlenty topped Romney in Iowa donations.
Texas big-wig Bob Perry backed Pawlenty’s Iowa PAC.