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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.
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.

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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:

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:

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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