Kurt Zellers says his "hot wife" separates him from gubernatorial competition

Zellers (right), his wife Kim (left), and their children.
Zellers (right), his wife Kim (left), and their children.

Kurt Zellers, the six-term state representative and former speaker of the Minnesota House, became the latest GOP lawmaker to jump into the 2014 gubernatorial race on Sunday.

The field of GOPers vying to run against incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is likely to be crowded. Already, Zellers has three declared competitors: businessman Scott Honour, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, and state Sen. Dave Thompson, who is expected to announce on Wednesday.

So what sets Zellers apart? Is it the three-week government shutdown he presided over in 2011; his, er, nuanced stance on the Vikings stadium vote; or his willingness to reconsider his dislike of Leinie's? Well, no. It is, Zellers says, his "hot wife."

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"What differentiates you from the other thousand Republicans wanting the job?" Zellers was asked during his Sunday announcement, which took place on a friend's lawn in his home town of Maple Grove.

"They aren't married to this hot a wife," Zellers replied with a laugh.

His wife, Kim, aside, Zellers sought with his announcement to draw a distinct line between Dayton and his wealthy background as a department store heir, and his own experience as a self-described middle-class family man familiar with odd jobs like pizza delivery.

On Sunday, Zellers said he would seek his party's endorsement, but not necessarily abide by it: Nod or not, he will consider running against an endorsed candidate in the party primary.

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