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.