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Emmer searching for a runningmate

A press conference called by Rep. Tom Emmer — one of the leading Republican candidates for governor — had many wondering if he’d be announcing his selection of a lieutenant governor runningmate. Rep.

A press conference called by Rep. Tom Emmer — one of the leading Republican candidates for governor — had many wondering if he’d be announcing his selection of a lieutenant governor runningmate. Rep. Marty Seifert, another GOP frontrunner, had announced last week that Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah will be his lieutenant governor candidate.

But Emmer announced at 2 p.m. that there’s no runningmate yet, but that he’s named a search committee to help him choose his lieutenant governor candidate.

The committee will be chaired by the current lieutenant governor, Carol Molnau. Molnau will be joined by Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood; Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague, and businessman Bryan Reichal, CEO of PureChoice, a manufacturing company located in Burnsville.

Emmer said there’s no immediate deadline for the committee, and that he’s focusing on wooing delegates to the Republican state convention April 30.

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Later in the afternoon, Seifert had his own daily announcement: GOP state Sen. David Hann, a former governor candidate himself, on the Seifert bandwagon.