Former Congressman Ramstad says there’s a teeny-tiny chance he’ll run for governor

Former Congressman Jim Ramstad, who’s said in the past that he won’t run for governor next year, changed his tune just a bit Friday.

Appearing on MPR’s “Midday” program, he said there’s a slight chance he’ll do it, but he’s still 99 percent certain he won’t.

“Quite frankly, it has been very humbling. I have just been inundated with letters, e-mails, calls to reconsider,” said Ramstad. “So I told some good friends and supporters the other day that maybe the door is open just a crack.”

“This dog-and-pony show that they have going right now, with all nine Republicans and 10 Democrats going around the state — people are sick and tired of politics. They don’t want year-round campaigning. I’m just going to keep my dander dry and see what happens,” he said.

In a story on the radio appearance, MPR’s Tom Scheck notes that Ramstad says one reason he’s reconsidering a run for governor is because there aren’t any moderates in the race. He added that he’ll take his time before making a decision.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Tim Nelson on 09/18/2009 - 03:21 pm.

    Being a member of the Independence party, I agree that there is a small chance we won’t run a moderate. It has happened before.

    Then again… he can be sure that there is a moderate running in the Independence party.

    It’s totally up to him.

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 09/19/2009 - 01:42 pm.

    Saw a piece (MinnesotaIndependent i think) that suggested only Leslie Davis among announced Republican candidates believes that global warming is a scientific fact.

    It would be a good thing if a truly moderate Republican of Mr. Ramstadt’s stature would enter the race, trusting that his science background is more solid than his party brethren and sisters.

    It won’t be good for our state, where agriculture is a big part of our economy, if we have an anti-science candidate from the Republican side of the isle take the governor’s office

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/20/2009 - 01:51 pm.

    I welcome any Republican candidate willing to take on the ultra-conservative wing of the party and simultaneously move the Democratic candidates to the middle of the road.

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/21/2009 - 08:06 am.

    Mr. Hamilton sums it up nicely. Both the GOP and the DFL have a similar problem. Get to the “middle” where the majority of of us reside. I would think that that former Congressman Ramstad could achieve a level of “crossover” voting that would help to put him over the top.

    He has so much potential as a candidate. He could do our state a huge solid by cleaning up the budget mess that has yet to be dealt with. I hope that his family sees clear to give him the green light….

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