Robyne Robinson as Entenza’s running mate? Things just got stranger

MnPublius’s Zack Stephenson published the rumor that DFL gubernatorial candidate Matt Entenza was considering departing Fox9 anchor Robyne Robinson as his running mate, City Pages had the first sourced story, the Pioneer Press’ Political Animal blog tweeted a confirmation from Robinson, and … well, let’s just say that Mark Dayton’s selection of Yvonne Prettner Solon may not be the lead lieutenant governor story Tuesday morning.

This should all come to a head very quickly, because Robinson is scheduled to host her last three nights as anchor tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday (the last night of the May sweeps period, by the way). Fox9 management was caught absolutely flat-footed by this news, and the station’s contracts (like those of pretty much every other reputable media organization) forbid journalists from being involved in politics.

No one is sure yet, but Robinson’s final Fox9 appearance — in the anchor chair anyway — may have been the last time she was on. Some poor video editor may never get to see the fruits of Robinson’s career highlight reel get on-air.

When the rumor first hit, I called Entenza’s communications director Bridget Cusick for comment. In a classic case of “plausible deniability,” she said she hadn’t been told the pick, her staff didn’t know the pick, and “If I don’t know, I seriously doubt Zack knows.”

It’s worth remembering that the Entenza side hasn’t confirmed anything, at least as I write this; if the City Pages and the PiPress are right, what we have comes from Robinson. At the time she announced she was leaving the station, I called the decidedly formal announcement “strange.” This makes that exit stranger. More as the story develops.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Alicia DeMatteo on 05/24/2010 - 03:16 pm.

    I can see the headline now: Former local anchor turns her attentions to hocking her jewelery line and making a run at politics.

    Sure, why not?

  2. Submitted by Arito Moerair on 05/24/2010 - 04:33 pm.

    please please please let this be true. It will be the final nail in Matt Entenza’s political coffin. Then we can move on to this summer’s milquetoast primary “fight.”

  3. Submitted by John Beukema on 05/25/2010 - 09:16 am.

    Shouldn’t Etenza be worried about a running mate who preempts his biggest opportunity for some free press by leaking the story before he can announce it himself? This doesn’t sound much like “playing well with others,” which you would think is a primary job requirement for a lieutenant governor.

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