The podium at today’s
pep rally news conference for former Sen. Norm Coleman provided a diversion for people who like to play political dominos.
For example in this picture from MPR’s Elizabeth Stawicki, you’ve got state Rep. Marty Seifert, who could run for governor if Tim Pawlenty doesn’t run in 2010. Just behind Coleman, there’s Brian Sullivan, who came within a whisker of beating Pawlenty in 2002, and could be a Senate candidate in 2012 against Sen. Amy Klobuchar, or a candidate for governor in 2010.
All of their political futures — in terms of advancement — depend somewhat on vacancies created by the guy standing at the podium and the guy who wasn’t there — Pawlenty.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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