Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek told MPR News today that he won’t run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
“I’m not interested in running in 2012,” Stanek said. “I’m focused on being sheriff over the next four years.”
Stanek won re-election in 2010. Several Republicans have suggested that Stanek as a possible candidate against DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Stanek intitially told MPR News that he had no comment when asked about a run. But now, he’s taking his name off the table.
“Amy is my friend,” Stanek said. “We work together on several issues. She’s good for law enforcement.”
Stanek’s comments come one day after MPR published a story on the Republicans who are thinking about challenging Klobuchar. His decision means that there is one less Republican in that group.