Norm Coleman Polling Gov. Race?

Via the MN Progressive Project:

Is former Senator Norm Coleman polling the Gubernatorial race?

It certainly seems that way, based on a report I received from a reader. A call came from a firm in North Carolina asking several poll-style questions:

  • Positive or Negative impression of "Former Sen. Dayton"

  • Positive or Negative impression of "Speaker of the State House Margaret Anderson Kelliher"

  • Positive or Negative impression of "Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak"

  • Match-ups between all three and Coleman AFTER "Positive or Negative" question.

It's not the first hint that Norm might want to run - the Star Tribune weighed Coleman's options last week. Sure, he has high name ID and good fundraising chops - but then there's that little matter of the federal investigation:

...Coleman would face potential roadblocks. The FBI is still investigating his relationship with Nasser Kazeminy, a major political donor accused in lawsuits of funneling payments to Coleman through a business where Coleman's wife worked.

It's over Norm.

Update [2009-7-9 11:34:32 by Josh Orton]: From the comments, 'blue south' finds evidence that it wasn't Norm's poll.

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I don't think Norm can run for dog catcher here

Seriously, the level of antipathy for all those ridiculous lawsuits that accomplished nothing except keeping our second senator from taking his earned seat for over six months is extremely high, even among those who voted for Coleman.  The ethics investigation would be the nail in the coffin if it turned up anything.

That said, I do really like both Mark Dayton and R.T. Rybak.  Not sure about Kelliher, but if she helped organize the transit bill veto override, then she's great by me as well.

by Dracomicron 2009-07-09 06:46AM | 0 recs
by blue south 2009-07-09 07:20AM | 0 recs
Nice find, hope it goes into the main diary

Just being a citizen of Minnesota, those numbers look about right.

by Dracomicron 2009-07-09 07:36AM | 0 recs
This is BAD news for Coleman?

I'm looking at the same numbers and thinking that Coleman looks pretty good.  

He would probably have a clear field in the primary when the Dems would not, and he could raise a ton of money.  

It's not hard to present the appeals process as an attempt to make every vote count on the part of the GOP.  It's also a purple state.

He wouldn't have the burden of George W in a governor's race nor foreign policy issues.  At a time when many are worried about expanding government Coleman could run as more fiscally conservative and not a tax raiser.  

Of course if he's caught in a deepening ethics controversy he is done.

by Thaddeus 2009-07-09 05:06PM | 0 recs


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