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View Diary: Mayoral Malarkey: A Guide to the Big City Mayor Races of 2013 (103 comments)

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    Darth Jeff

    When I first heard he was running, my response was "who?". But it seems like he is still known by a lot of people and quite liked. I have a friend working a city council race for Betsy Hodges seat, which is also where Andrew is from, and I've heard that a lot of people there are more excited about him than Hodges. Also worth noting about Mark Andrew is that he used to be the chair of the DFL, so he still has connections there.

    I'd say Andrew, Schiff, and Hodges are the three frontrunners, though I doubt anyone gets the endorsement. The "big" name that gets thrown around as a possible candidate is Tina Smith, Governor Dayton's chief of staff. From what I've heard there is some money out there that wants her to run and would support her with independent expenditures. But at the same time, she doesn't want to run nearly as much as others want her to run. Aside from the potential money, I think she's a little overblown as a "big" name, as the average voter has no idea who she is (even though she used to be Rybak's chief of staff).

    •  I had never heard of her until (0+ / 0-)

      like a month ago, and it was because the Strib ran an article on her.  She has the back-room connections but with voters, I don't think so.

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