“Multiple sources in the state said” Rep. Collin Peterson (D-07) endorsed Rep. Tim Walz (D-01) “for governor Saturday at a local DFL dinner in Granite Falls. Asked about his plans Monday, Walz” said “a decision will come in the ‘very near future.’”
“Both Walz and” Rep. Rick Nolan (D-08) “stressed that they would make their statewide decisions independently, with a field already getting crowded without them. The rural appeal that makes Nolan and Walz so indispensable to the House Democratic caucus is also the reason Minnesota Democrats are urging them to run statewide.”
“Yet Democrats in the state questioned whether there is space for two rural congressmen in the race, and Walz appears to be further along in his decision-making process. … Nolan said last week he hasn’t had time to fully consider a run and consult with the appropriate party leaders.”
“Nolan said that if he wins his seat in 2018 but Democrats lose the governorship, it’s possible ‘we saved it for one term and lost it for the next decade’ when Republicans draw new district boundaries” in 2021.
Nolan: “Those are the kinds of tough decisions you have to factor in. I wish I had a crystal ball; then I’d know exactly what to do.” (National Journal)
“When pressed about whether ‘near future’ meant within a week, Walz said, ‘I think so.’” (Roll Call)
BEHOLD, THE REPUBLICAN BENCH. 2014 Senate candidate Phillip Parrish (R) is “running for governor says he was inspired to join the race by what he describes as a conspiracy of silence toward foreign threats by current government and media leaders. … On Twitter and Facebook, he regularly denounces Islamic groups and complicit westerners.” (Owatonna People’s Press)