Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who lost reelection in 2008 by a very narrow and legally disputed margin to Democrat Al Franken, announced last night that he will not run for governor of Minnesota this year.
"Timing is everything. The timing on this race is both a bit too soon and a bit too late," Coleman wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to the upcoming state Republican convention and its endorsement process. "It is too soon after my last race and too late to do a proper job of seeking the support of delegates who will decide in which direction our party should go. The commitments I have to my family and the work I am currently engaged in do not allow me to now go forward."
At the same time, Coleman said he would remain involved in politics: "I think I can be part of recreating a more civil and respectful politics, a politics that better expresses the will of the vast majority of people. I will continue my efforts to work with Republicans, Independents and moderate, common sense Democrats across the country to advance the values of fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurship, effective government change, national security and respect for life."