STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Leslie Davis reveals he is happy
Most Minnesotans likely never heard of Leslie Davis, although the frequent candidate is well known to politicos.
Few think he has a chance of winning the 2010 Republican governor nomination, but a new... Posted on 12/28/09 at 7:11 AM
It is a conservative candidate’s dream: the chance to accuse a judge of taking over powers that should be left to legislators and governors.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a probable 2012 Republican presidential candidate, enjoyed that opportunity when Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled that he violated the state constitution last summer in making budget cuts.
When he announced he will appeal, Pawlenty warned there now is a danger that the state budget “will be run out of the courthouse.”
Get ready for a Minnesota gubernatorial campaign that ratchets up quickly, with decisive moments and full-blown politicking coming earlier than usual. Thanks to a wide-open race and an accelerated schedule for parties to pick their candidates, voters will see the contest bloom sooner and likely encounter commercials, mail pieces and other appeals by the time summer rolls around.
Many predict that the Minnesota governor candidates in the Legislature, including House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher who more than anyone can affect the tone of the session, will want to get out early and hit the campaign trail. On the other hand, some Capitol insiders claim that the candidates will feel they can get more free publicity by filibustering at the Legislature, so the crowded race actually could prolong the session.
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