Gov. Mark Dayton said on Tuesday that a hobbled hip will not deter his determination to run for re-election.
"Last I read, brain cells were located in the head, not the hip," Dayton said in a wide-ranging question and answer session with the media.
Dayton has said repeatedly that he plans to run for re-election and has raised $628,000 for the effort, but some doubters still question whether the 66-year-old will vie for a second term.
The governor has repeatedly insisted that he will -- this spring he even told supporters that, "If I am breathing, I'm running."
On Wednesday, Dayton will go to Mayo Clinic to receive an injection for a hip injury that has left him limping since this summer. The procedure will keep him out of the public eye for about two weeks.
"I'm pretty tough. Hopefully this will correct it and if not, I'll limp along with it," Dayton said. Late last year, the governor had surgery to fuse vertebra in his back.