WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Norm Coleman hasn’t ruled out another run for elected office, he told NewsMax magazine in an interview published today.
“I love public service,” Coleman said. “I can’t tell you that I’ve run my last race. The public will decide that.”
Coleman, who was narrowly defeated by Al Franken after a lengthy recount, is currently CEO of the American Action Network, which pumped millions of dollars into several races across the country in 2010. Among the biggest wins they heavily funded was Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s upset of Democrat Russ Feingold.
He’s passed on at least two runs this year, one for governor and then later when he was floated as a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Coleman’s next shot at the Senate, were he interested in returning, could come in 2012 against Amy Klobuchar. If he was instead pointing toward a rematch with Franken, that election comes in 2014.
Coleman said he’s enjoying life outside of the elected arena, with more time to spend at the lake fishing. “It is kind of nice getting up in the morning every day opening the paper and not worrying about who is trying to kill you today politically,” he said with a smile. “On the other hand, my heart is still in public service.”
The full video interview with NewsMax, which covers many additional topics including civility in Washington and the GOP’s task in reaching out to Hispanic voters, can be viewed here. The Coleman public service remarks come near the end of the seven-minute video.