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Entenza jumps into Minnesota’s crowded DFL gubernatorial pool

Word came late Friday that former state Rep.

Word came late Friday that former state Rep. Matt Entenza is now in the 2010 governor’s race.

MPR’s Polinaut provides more details, including the word from his spokeswoman that he’ll abide by the party’s endorsement (and not run in a primary against another endorsed candidate) “as long as everyone plays by the same rules.”

And when asked by Polinaut if Entenza would use any of his personal wealth for the seat (Entenza’s wife Lois Quam was CEO of Ovations, a UnitedHealthGroup subsidiary), the spokewoman said they filed the paperwork to start raising money but “No matter what the case is, we’ll have the funds to run an effective campaign.”

Rachel Stassen-Berger lists the other declared candidates for the DFL endorsement:

• State Sen. Tom Bakk
• Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton
• Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner
• State Sen. John Marty
• Minnesota Farmers Union Head and former state Rep Doug Peterson and
• State Rep. Paul Thissen.

And look for more to come. Mayors? On your marks …