Democrat Mark Dayton is headed to Washington D.C. today to attend the Democratic Governors Association’s Winter Meeting and Holiday Party. Dayton is making the trip even though he hasn’t been declared the winner in Minnesota’s race for governor. Dayton currently leads Republican Tom Emmer by nearly 8,800 votes.
Dayton’s spokeswoman says Dayton will be in Washington D.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will fly back to Minnesota on Wednesday evening.
Update: Here’s an updated quote from Dayton (via release):
“Although Minnesota’s election has not yet been decided, I am still delighted to be invited to meet with Governors from around the country to learn about their initiatives in their respective states. Although the recount is still underway in Minnesota, I am working with my Transition staff to prepare a new administration. If, at the end of the recount, my election is certified and I am elected Governor, I will be ready to lead on January 3rd. Attending the DGA’s Annual Meeting provides a worthwhile opportunity to share ideas and learn from other Governors what we can do in Minnesota to put people back to work and balance the state budget in a fair and responsible way.”