WASHINGTON — Minnesota’s next governor, whomever it might be, will miss a White House summit for new governors if the recount drags on as long as it’s expected to.
The White House will hold a meeting of all new govenrors on December 2. “I think it’s a terrific opportunity to hear from them, folks who are working at the state and local levels, about what they’re seeing, what ideas they think Washington needs to be paying more attention to,” President Obama said following a Cabinet meeting Thursday.
“A lot of times things are a little less ideological when you get governors together because they’ve got very practical problems that they’ve got to solve in terms of how do they make sure that roads and bridges are funded and how do they make sure that schools stay open and teachers stay on the job. That kind of nuts and bolts stuff I think oftentimes yields the kind of commonsense approach that the American people I think are looking for right now.”
Yet it’s almost certain that no one from Minnesota will be present.
The recount between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer is set to conclude Dec. 14, according to a schedule outline released by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. And even if one or the other were to concede after ballots were counted but before the State Canvassing Board meets, they’d still miss the meeting by almost a week as the deadline for deputy recount officials to finish counting is December 7.
“If it’s decided, we’ll invite whomever is the Governor-elect,” said a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If it hasn’t been decided, we’ll make sure that person gets the briefing they need as soon as is practicable.”