Kurt Zellers at the mic with Pat Garofalo to his right
The buzz around the Capitol is that current Republican Minority Leader Kurt Zellers will become House speaker. There could be a race for majority leader between Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) and Rep. Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont). Garofalo tells me he plans to make an announcement this afternoon.
With Republicans taking control of the legislature Garofalo says he’s “living the dream.” Zellers is from Maple Grove so there is talk that members may need to balance that out with a rural or exurban lawmaker for minority leader which would benefit Garofalo and Gunther, but Dean is well-liked and seen on an expert on health care.