I’ve been taking for granted that House Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) is a shoo-in for the Minnesota Party of Trump nomination for governor in 2018. Corporate media in the state certainly loves the guy. But Keith Downey is stepping down as the state Republican Party boss, and informed speculation about his intent is rampant.
Downey could remain politically visible after leaving his post. He’s widely mentioned as a potential candidate for governor in 2018, alongside a crowded field of other Republicans such as House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, 2014 nominee Jeff Johnson and several state lawmakers.
(St. Paul Pioneer Press)
The deal appears to be, from what I’ve seen here and there on social media, that moneyed metro GOPers prefer Downey. So this could turn into a brawl. That would be cool.