Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton will make his candidacy for governor official on Wednesday at the State Capitol, when he holds a press conference and then heads out on a road trip that will take him to all 87 Minnesota counties in 87 days.
"This tour will allow me to listen to and learn from Minnesotans in every one of our counties. People everywhere are facing very serious hardships," the DFLer said in a press release. "Our state, which used to rank near the top in economic growth, has now fallen near the bottom. We need a new governor to lead this state to its future greatness."
Dayton raised eyebrows in December when he went public over his battles with depression and alcohol. Minnesota Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton called the news irrelevant in the race to replace retiring Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
The Star Tribune went a step further and announced it wanted a statement from every candidate for governor regarding their mental health records as well as any past use of drugs or alcohol.
The e-mail sent to candidates promised that even "the absence of a response" would likely be used in a future news story. As we reported, none of the respondents copped to seeking treatment for drugs, alcohol, or depression.