If Melendez opts out as DFL chair, who might be in?

If Brian Melendez succumbs to internal pressure and steps down as DFL Party chair as discussed by Doug Grow, who might be in line to take over the reins following the party’s legislative election debacle (but victories in the four state-wide races)?

Eric Pusey, writing on the Minnesota Progressive Project’s web site, says these names keep popping up:

  • Ken Martin, who was recount manager for Mark Dayton’s campaign.
  • Kathy Saltzman, a DFL senator from Woodbury who lost her re-election bid.
  • Mike Rothman, a state party director and an attorneyy with Winthrop and Weinstine.

Pusey thinks other candidates will arise, too, and notes:

“Our next chair needs to embrace the latest communications advances and build a comprehensive communications strategy. As I’ve argued in the past, we don’t need to re-invent the wheel. We desperately need to build a solid strategy that uses all possible tools at our disposal.”

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