WaPo’s ‘The Fix’ says Rybak is Dems’ strongest candidate yet for governor

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post’s  “The Fix” political blog, notes R.T. Rybak’s filing for governor with a bit of praise:

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak filed for governor Thursday, giving Democrats their strongest candidate to date in the 2010 Minnesota governor’s race. In an e-mail to supporters about his decision, Rybak said his travels across the state convinced him that Minnesotans were “looking for leadership focused on more jobs, better schools and affordable health care.” Rybak joins a very crowded Democratic field that includes seven other candidates seeking to replace Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R). Seven Republicans are running for the Republican nod with an eighth — former senator Norm Coleman — considering the contest but not likely to decide until next year. The Minnesota governorship is seen as a ripe pickup opportunity for Democrats given the state’s progressive leanings.

Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Ralf Wyman on 11/06/2009 - 03:28 pm.

    Apparently Chris Cillizza also thought Fred Thompson was the bee’s knees a couple years ago.

    He (Cillizza) is highly ignorable.

    As to Ryback, why exactly did we re-elect him? More importantly, why did we not put forward a real candidate to oppose him, since his plan to run for Gov was as transparent as Saran Wrap?

  2. Submitted by Annalise Cudahy on 11/06/2009 - 05:02 pm.

    I don’t know why anyone pays attention to that guy. My hunch is that he couldn’t find Minnesota on a map.

  3. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 11/06/2009 - 09:37 pm.

    Rybak is Zwiebak, at least as far as being governor…

    Why do these pols do this? If you want to run for governor, do it. Don’t run for mayor to have a nice safe spot and then sign on for the governor’s race immediately after…

    There is an anti-Twin Cities bias that is going to bite RT. There are many DFL candidates with stronger credentials including Rukavina, Anderson-Kelliher, Mark Dayton, Thissen, the list goes on.

    RT, I knew a former Minneapolis Mayor, Hubert Humphrey, and you’re no Hubert Humphrey…

  4. Submitted by Brian Simon on 11/07/2009 - 10:02 pm.

    Bill- as an independent voter, if Ryback runs, he will get my vote. Anderson Kelliher might, I will have to wait and see, if she’s the DFL nominee. Dayton is a definite no. I don’t know enough about Rukavina & Thissen to yet opine on their potential candidacies. I will say I’ve been underwhelmed by the DFL nominees for governor since I’ve lived here, which I suppose shouldn’t be a surprise given that none have managed to win election in that timespan.

    Given that record, perhaps its time to challenge conventional ‘wisdom’ & nominate a candidate from the twin cities.

  5. Submitted by Raj Maddali on 11/09/2009 - 07:00 am.

    To win the Gov. race as a Dem, Ryback, or any other candidate for that matter, will need strong African American support. From what i see, Ryback will not get it.

  6. Submitted by Jeff Klein on 11/09/2009 - 09:22 am.

    I don’t understand all the grumbling about him remaining mayor while running for governor. This kind of thing is absolutely the rule in politics, because it’s really difficult for an inactive politician to win a higher seat. It’s not like if he were to win as governor Minneapolis would go mayorless. We’ll elect someone new then. The concern here is unnecessary.

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