Norm Coleman isn't interested in Al Franken rematch, praises Franken's approach
Coleman doesn't see himself ending up in this position again anytime soon.
Norm Coleman may be the most popular Republican in Minnesota, but he apparently doesn't think he's popular enough to take down Al Franken.
It looks like those hoping for a rematch of the ridiculously close and controversial 2008 matchup for Minnesota's junior U.S. Senate seat are in for a disappointment, as Coleman told the National Journal he no interest in running again.
From the Michael Catalini's "Are Republicans Scared of Al Franken?":
"You can't play handball in an open field. At this point there's been no candidate," said former GOP Sen. Norm Coleman, who lost to Franken in the 2008 race. "He's been pretty much invisible. In that sense he hasn't created a lot of enemies. I don't know if that's his strategy, but it's a pretty good strategy if it is."
The list of potential, formidable candidates is short. Coleman, in an interview with National Journal, categorically said he wasn't going to run for the Senate in 2014, denying the GOP one of its best-known possible challengers.
Catalini's report goes on to list reasons why challenging Franken isn't nearly as appealing as running against him in 2008 was: namely, he's popular, Republicans in Minnesota are not, and Franken is flush with cash while the MNGOP is broke .
So might the MNGOP's only option be to trot out a relative unknown in hopes he or she can catch lightning in a bottle and score an improbable victory? If it is, let's hope, for the sake of those who enjoy competitive political races, that it works out better in 2014 than it did last November.
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