Senate Minority Leader David Hann announced Friday that he will not be making a run for governor.
In a brief statement, Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said that after consultation with family and supporters he had decided to focus his energies on his leadership position in the Legislature.
"Last December, my colleagues in the Senate elected me to be our caucus leader," Hann wrote. "That job deserves my full attention. In the next election, our caucus will be helping to win the majority for the House Republicans, and we will continue to work toward regaining the majority for Republicans in the Senate in 2016.
So far, four Republicans have lined up to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014: Former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove; state Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville; businessman Scott Honour of Orono and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson. Other Republicans are expected to jump into the race throughout the summer.
Hann's full statement:
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE GOVERNORS RACE
After spending the past few weeks deliberating and consulting family, friends and supporters, I've decided not to be a candidate for Governor of the State of Minnesota in the 2014 election.
Last December, my colleagues in the Senate elected me to be our caucus leader. That job deserves my full attention. In the next election, our caucus will be helping to win the majority for the House Republicans, and we will continue to work toward regaining the majority for Republicans in the Senate in 2016.
I look forward to working with all our Republican candidates in 2014 and will do all I can to support them. Winning the constitutional offices and putting the House Republicans in the majority is essential. Minnesota cannot afford Governor Dayton and the DFL legislative majorities continuing to overtax, overspend, and overreach.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
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