With only the drafty notion of Minnesota Senate Minority Leader David "Yertle the Turtle" Hann at hand, the state's political junkies are scouring the land looking for signs that there will be some sort of gubernatorial race when Mark Dayton comes up again in 2014.
Dayton won a squeaker of a race against Tom Emmer and Tom Horner. One opponent ventured into talk radio. Yesterday, the other 2010 contender went to St. Peter.
Buried at the end of Josh Moniz's latest in the New Ulm Journal, Clark Johnson wins 19A DFL primary, there's this news of Horner:
In other 19A news, 2010 Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner spoke on behalf of Gieseke at an Independence Party fundraiser in St. Peter.
Horner addressed a crowd of approximately 20 people . . .
Horner did not rule out a 2014 run for governor, but said he needs to see the ability to raise serious money early in the campaign. He said an Independence candidate must define himself or herself early and move into at least second place to avoid fears of wasted votes as DFL and Republicans pull apart on positions. He said he is not interested in being the "Don Quixote of ideas."
That's at least a bit more decisive than Erik Paulsen's tepid answers about potentially challenging Franken for U.S. Senate.
Photo: 2010 IP standard-bearer Tom Horner so doesn't want to be the Man of La Mancha.
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