GOP U.S. Rep. John Kline said today that he’s running for re-election – ruling out possible bids for the U.S. Senate and governor. Kline told a group of reporters that he’s focused on keeping his house seat.
“I’m not running for Senate, and I’m not running for governor,” Kline said. “I am running for re-election and that’s where my efforts have been.”
Kline had been mentioned as a possible candidate against DFL Sen. Al Franken in 2014. He said he’s announcing his decision partly because some potential candidates for U.S. Senate and governor told him they wouldn’t run if he were still considering a run for statewide office.
“I think we’re at the point in the cycle where it’s probably helpful for those people who are thinking about running for the Senate for me to take my name off the table, so they can start mounting their efforts.”
Kline declined to identify whom he spoke with.
Two Democrats have declared that they’re running against Kline in 2014. Former state Rep. Mike Obermueller and CaringBridge CEO Sona Mehring say they’re running in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.
No Republican has officially declared a run for the U.S. Senate or governor.