Kline rules out Senate run, will run for re-election to House

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.

  • Rebecca Kremer

    I trust everyone running in 2014, who voted to make no legislative changes to temper the over-the-top violence and paranoia of aspects of American gun culture (thus succumbing to threats and bribery of the NRA and it’s amoral leadership) will be challenged in primaries and face stiff opponents (should they survive the primary fights) in the general election. Be they GOtP or DEM. 90% of Americans do not agree with NRA leadership.

  • Mac Hall

    FYI … David Gerson has announced that he will challenge Chairman Kline in the GOP primary.

    Personally, I am disappointed that Chairman Kline declined the challenge of competing against Senator Franken.

    I watched CSPAN yesterday which broadcast the Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Senator Franken questioning witnesses regarding the immigration reform proposal … meanwhile, a tweet comes from Chairman Kline that he is in Minnesota having coffee with you … what a contrast … one guy in Washington working and one, not working.

    Actually, that is not unusual …. voters who watch CSPAN have seen Senator Franken discuss education policy, work training programs, guns, just to name a few issues … Senator Franken’s Education Committee passed a bi-partisan NoChildLeftBehind legislation last term, Chairman Kline could not even get a vote by the House on his partisan effort.

    I was very concerned about Al Franken before he was elected, but after watching him, I am overall pleased.

    On the other hand, Chairman Kline continues to fail.