Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who isn’t seeking re-election and will be out of a job at the end of the year, said today that he would like to run for governor again.
Rybak told Rick Kupchella of Bring Me The News of his interest.
“At some point, a number of years from now, if the governorship is open, I would be interested in that,” Rybak told Kupchella. “It’s probably the only job I would be interested in right now.”
The two spoke at a Smile Network event Thursday.
Rybak ran for governor in 2010 but dropped out when Margaret Anderson Kelliher got the DFL nomination. Mark Dayton then beat her in the primary and went on to win the general election.
Dayton says he’ll seek re-election in 2014, meaning the earliest opening for Rybak would be 2018.
Rybak was an early supporter of President Obama, fueling speculation that he might get a Washington job when the mayor gig is over, but the mayor told Kupchella that’s not his plan.
“I’ve never been divorced, but I’ve gotten advice that when you get divorced, you shouldn’t jump into a new relationship right away. So, I’m going to be professionally promiscuous,” Rybak said.