Matt Entenza picks Robyne Robinson as running mate

Ending a week of wild web buzz, DFL candidate for governor Matt Entenza has picked former Fox 9 anchorwoman Robyne Robinson as his running mate. And as promised, he made the announcement via Twitter:

"It's my distinct pleasure to announce Robyne Robinson @robynempls as my choice for lieutenant governor! Please welcome her aboard."

Lifting a line straight from the "good bye" story posted on Fox's own website, Entenza then said at a 10 a.m. press conference, "Robyne represents the best of Minnesota. She came here 20 years ago on a Greyhound Bus."

Sound familiar?

"I came here on a Greyhound bus with nothing and the Twin Cities embraced me," Robinson said.

Entenza continued: "Through hard work and sheer determination became one of our state's finest news anchors. She is not a political insider but a trusted voice in our living rooms. Robyne is a renowned civic leader and has been active in the community for years. I know she will be an exceptional partner as we work to make Minnesota great again."

"Good morning guys, interesting to see you on this side of the camera," Robinson said at the presser. "Matt has spent his career standing up for Minnesota families. I am humbled and honored that he asked me to join his campaign."

Robinson retired from the news desk just yesterday, after an announcement on May 11. At the time, she said she wanted to move on from broadcasting and devote more time to her growing jewelry design business and split her time between Santa Fe and Minneapolis.

As we noted, she's won a slew of awards for her TV work, but she's got a wonkish side too, having been named a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

We'll find out in the coming days whether Robinson has the chops to make news as a potential lieutenant governor, and how the pair might play in the DFL August primary. In the meantime, maybe Robinson can add some star power to the Entenza camp. A recent Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll showed Mark Dayton leading DFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher 38-28 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. Entenza trailed at a distant third with 6 percent.

Last week on the DFL side, Kelliher picked Minnetonka city manager John Gunyou as her running mate. Dayton named Duluth State Senator Yvonne Prettner Solon as his choice. Republican Tom Emmer will run with conservative think-tanker Annette Meeks.

Entenza and Robinson are now scheduled for a statewide tour. Anyone know if it's on a Greyhound bus?

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