Be sure to vote in our poll on the side bar to indicate who you'd like to see on the Minnesota Republican gubernatorial ticket in 2010. With Governor Pawlenty's announcement yesterday that he shall not seek (and will not accept) a third term, the GOP field is suddenly wide open and there has already been a great deal of speculation about who might throw their hat in the ring.
The poll includes most of the names that I've seen circulated so far with the notable exception of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Her absence is intentional as I believe that she can best serve the interests of Minnesota by continuing to represent the Sixth District in Congress. Her passion, energy, and staunchly conservative views are far more needed in D.C. than in St. Paul.
One name that is included in the poll, but hasn't been mentioned elsewhere (at least as far as I've seen) is Jeff Johnson. In my opinion, Jeff is one of the most promising Republican politicians in the state and he easily makes my short list of possible candidates for governor in 2010.
He also happens to be scheduled to appear as a guest on this Saturday's NARN First Team show (11am-1pm AM1280 The Patriot). I imagine the boys will be talking a lot about the 2010 governor's race as well as Jeff's new role as Hennepin County Taxpayer Watchdog. Another episode of must-listen radio.