(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman will not run for governor in 2010, the Republican announced Sunday on his Facebook page.
Coleman, who lost re-election to Democrat Al Franken in a close contest in 2008 that took six months to resolve, said it is the wrong time to launch a new campaign.
"This is not the right time for me and my family to conduct a campaign for Governor,"
Coleman wrote in the Facebook post. "The timing on this race is both a bit too soon and a bit too
The Star Tribune of Minnesota reported Coleman's decision on its Web site.
"It is too soon after my last race and too late to do a proper job of seeking the support of delegates who will decide in which direction our party should go," Coleman continued. "The commitments I have to my family and the work I am currently engaged in do not allow me to now go forward."
Current Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last year he would not seek another term and several candidates from both parties have expressed interest in running for the state's top job.
According to the Star Tribune, seven Republicans and 12 Democrats have filed to run for the seat.
(CNN) - Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown criticized Democratic rival Martha Coakley Monday after she made political comments at a Martin Luther King Day breakfast the two candidates attended.
During her remarks, Coakley said she is running for the Senate because Dr. King's work remains unfinished, and then asked for the audience's votes in the special election Tuesday.
As brown was leaving the event, he said told reporters he was "disappointed" Coakley made political comments at an event billed as nonpolitical.
Washington (CNN) - Faced with the once-unthinkable prospect of losing the Massachusetts Senate race, Democratic officials on Capitol Hill are quietly talking about options for passing health care reform without that critical 60th Senate vote.
Top White House aides insist they are not engaging in any talk of contingency plans, because they believe Democrat Martha Coakley will beat Republican Scott Brown in Tuesday's crucial Senate battle.
"We are not having any discussions like that," White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN. "We believe she is going to win."
Asked about potential contingency plans as Air Force One returned to the Washington area after President Barack Obama's Sunday campaign rally for Coakley in Boston, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted to reporters the plan is to still pass health care reform with 60 votes. "We think Coakley will win this race," Gibbs said.
Massachusetts voters will go to the polls Tuesday to choose between Martha Coakley, the state’s Democratic attorney general, and Scott Brown, a Republican state senator, in a contest to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy. (Under Massachusetts law, the state’s governor appointed Paul Kirk, a longtime Kennedy ally, to the Senate to serve as an interim Kennedy successor until a permanent replacement could be elected in Tuesday’s vote.) While Coakley was once considered the favorite in the historically Democratic state, polls and political analysts in recent days have suggested the race is tightening to the point of being a toss-up or even tilting in Brown’s favor. Brown’s momentum stems in part from his pledge, if elected, to be the one additional vote Senate Republicans need to carry off a successful filibuster of Democrats’ health care reform bill.
Asked about the closely watched race Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Republican strategist Mary Matalin said a strong showing by Brown had the potential to be a game-changer for Democrats’ agenda.
It was “once said of Mike Tyson, he hits you so hard, he changes the way you taste. If we win a seat in [Massachusetts] on the signature issue of the Obama agenda, health care, this will change the way politics tastes,” Matalin told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
A win by Scott Brown would be “apocalyptic” for Democrats, Matalin said. Should Coakley win, the fact that “we got this close, is nothing short of cataclysmic.”
“[Obama’s] agenda is going to change,” she declared.
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