A new group has been created to encourage former state Rep. Tom Emmer to run for governor in 2014. Emmer lost his bid for governor to DFLer Mark Dayton in 2010. He’s now working as a talk radio host.
The group’s campaign paperwork lists a website, DraftEmmer2014, but it’s currently inactive.
The group is being run by former state Rep. Doug Wardlow and Tom Coulter. Wardlow served one term in the Minnesota House. He lost his bid for reelection in November to DFLer Laurie Halverson. Coulter served as Emmer’s body man during the 2010 campaign.
Emmer could not be reached for comment to see whether he’s interested in making another run for governor.
Update: Emmer tells MPR News that he has no current plans to run for office in 2014.
“As far as my “interest in ever running again,” I am proud that many people still believe in the message and I’m honored that they believe I am the best person to carry it forward,” Emmer wrote in an e-mail. “As I’ve said many times before, I will never close and lock the door to a future calling. However, I am not currently planning to run for any office in 2014.”
Emmer added that he enjoys his job as a radio host on KTLK-AM
Emmer isn’t the only Republican who is being encouraged to run. A group has also been formed to encourage GOP Senate Minority Leader David Hann to run.
No Republicans have filed paperwork to run for governor in 2014.
Gov. Dayton says he intends to run for reelection.