Thursday, February 09, 2006

Ciresi Takes a Pass

The press will have to come up with another 'footnote' to future stories on the MN US Senate race. Ciresi has opted to save his money:
Minneapolis attorney Mike Ciresi will not seek a U.S. Senate seat this year, he said Wednesday.

Ciresi, who ran for Senate six years ago, was considered a potential Democratic candidate when incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton announced last year he would not run for re-election in 2006. Even Ciresi said he thought he would be a candidate but decided he would be more frustrated than effective in the current climate in Washington, D.C.

"I was very close to running. In fact, everything was in place to run," he said. But watching the Senate right now, including the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, made him decline a run. "You have to be true to yourself and say what type of person are you? By nature, history and inclination, I like to get things done."
So Ford Bell and Amy Klobuchar can breathe a sigh of relief.

What seemed ironic to me, however, is how this story seemed to slip past me. With every mention of the Senate race, was a blurb mentioning Ciresi's pending candidacy. But when he announced he wasn't going to run, the story was buried. Now, I was a pretty busy guy yesterday, and through the evening, but news like this would have caught my eye. No mention on either major newspapers Websites front page. Where did I first see it, MDE of course. I hate when that happens *laughing*.

The final Bench update is on the sidebar. Interesting to scroll through the complete list of names and see the pool of DFL candidates that were all mentioned at one time as being contenders. Now it is down to two.


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