Buckle up. We are now officially heading into the most crowded, bi- or tri-partisan gubernatorial field in decades, maybe ever in Minnesota. The stakes are huge and we may be seriously headed into can’t-tell-the-players-without-a-scorecard territory. Also, can’t-place-your-bets-without-a-tipsheet.
Dave Mindeman of the lefty blog mnpACT (mnp stands for Minnesota progressive and I guess ACT stands for actions) has put out his own tipsheet of ten likely DFL candidates with his ranking of where they stand and why he thinks they stand there.
It’s all eminently, endlessly arguable. Mideman’s belief seems to be that the legislators will fare poorly because the session went poorly. And he doesn’t seem to buy the idea that metro mayors are a tough sell in (what we used to call) outstate Minnesota.
Mindeman’s top five, in order:
- R.T. Rybak
- Chris Coleman
- Mark Dayton
- Matt Entenza
- Margaret Anderson Kelliher