Norm Coleman rules out run against Dayton, takes shot at GOP's "purity police"
Coleman (far right) says he has no interest in returning to the campaign trail anytime soon.
Earlier this year, Minnesota Republicans said they wanted to see Norm Coleman challenge Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014. They won't get their wish.
Last night, Coleman took to Twitter to rule out a run against Dayton. He also reiterated something he first said in January -- he has no interest in a rematch with Al Franken.
Here's what Coleman said:
Public service is an important part of my life.It will remain so even though I will not run for public office in 2014.-- Norm coleman (@normcoleman) March 8, 2013
Want to mentor a new generation of optimistic, limited government focused leaders who aren't afraid to find common ground to solve problems-- Norm coleman (@normcoleman) March 8, 2013
will focus time and energy helping MInnesota elect Senator &Governor who support free enterprise,efficient govt & seek 2bring folks together-- Norm coleman (@normcoleman) March 8, 2013
This morning, Coleman, who has seemingly been trying to strike a moderate tone of late , got back on Twitter and took a shot at his party:
As a minority party w/ a diminishing base, Republican Party would do well to focus on gaining more converts than enforcing conformity.-- Norm coleman (@normcoleman) March 8, 2013
What does it mean to be a Republican?not anti-govt, but pro-limited efficient govt,pro entrepreneur. Purity police r killing the Party.-- Norm coleman (@normcoleman) March 8, 2013
U.S. Reps. John Kline and Erik Paulsen haven't yet ruled out making a run against Franken. As far as possible Republican gubernatorial challengers go, MPR reports that the names of Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Sen. Julie Rosen, Rep. Kurt Zellers, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, and businessman Scott Honour have been kicked around.
If none of those possibilities pan out, we'd like to remind the MNGOP that Kurt Bills is available.
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