Austin DFL Rep. Jeanne Poppe is wasting no time making her pick in the 2010 governor's race.
In an interview this weekend at Adams Dairy Days, Poppe said she is backing former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza of St. Paul. She said she is impressed with his experience and believes he has what it takes to win.
"He knows how to hire a good staff and how to get the job done," Poppe said.
In fact, Entenza’s campaign announced earlier this month he had hired five firms to help manage online operations, literature and direct mail, paid media and polling.
Other DFL candidates that have already announced plans to run include Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner and Sen. John Marty of Roseville. Other potential candidates include St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, former state Sen. Steve Kelley, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and state Rep. Paul Thissen.
It seems as though most local lawmakers are holding back on making endorsements. Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, has said she is not ready to make a formal endorsement but she has been traveling around the city with Bakk. Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, hosted a meet and greet event for Anderson Kelliher at her Rochester home, but said she is waiting before she decides who to endorse.