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Wednesday, November 22, 2006 

Kiffmeyer in the House?

Call me a skeptic, but I just don't see Mary Kiffmeyer running for the Minnesota House. Moving from an executive position like Secretary of State to a non-leadership position in the state house is very much a backwards move, and it's just not very likely. Look at outgoing Speakers of the House Dennis Hastert and Steve Sviggum at the federal and state levels, respectively: both are widely rumored to be seriously considering retirement. It isn't any fun to go from being in charge to being a back-bencher. HD16B is strong Republican territory (Pawlenty earned 61%), so there is also no need for the GOP to call on Kiffmeyer to run.

It's possible, but don't hold your breath.

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Chair of the Sherburne County Republican party Mark Swanson said the party would follow their basic political organizational constitution in the event a special election becomes necessary. It would fall to them to nominate a new Republican candidate.

“I can’t say anything about that,” Swanson said. “He (Olson) has talked to our organization.”

When asked if he still supported Olson, Swanson said, “No comment.”

While there is no official comment, the likely candidate would be Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who lost her bid for reelection this year.

Kiffmeyer, who lives in Big Lake Township, upgraded election technology while in office and points out that Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout. She has not ruled out running in a special election.

“I am open to anything,” she said.

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