Former Rochester City Councilwoman Marcia Marcoux and former state GOP Rep. Carla Nelson have helped plan the event at the home of Al and Sharon Tuntland. Nelson said they are expecting about 70 people for the event. It is part of an end-of-the-year push by Seifert to raise $20,000 in the final days of the year.
The Pioneer Press had a story today about Seifert, declaring him the clear front-runner among the Republicans in the race. But it notes he is still in a hotly-contested race for the Republican nomination with state Rep. Tom Emmer, of Delano. Others vying for the endorsement include former state Auditor Pat Anderson, former state Rep. Bill Haas, state Sen. David Hann, environmental activist Leslie Davis and businessman Phil Herwig.
It seems clear that Seifert, of Marshall, has the backing of the key Republican movers and shakers in Rochester. His southeast Minnesota leadership team is a who's who of local GOPers. It includes former state Rep. Fran Bradley, Republican Party of Olmsted County Co-Chair Bruce Kaskubar and former state Senate candidate Dr. Scott Wright.
What remains unknown is whether a well-known Republican like Norm Coleman may end up jumping into the race at the last minute. In an interview this afternoon, Seifert said he "wouldn't be shocked" if Coleman decided to get in the race. But he said at this point he is just focusing on his own campaign and the statewide convention in April."At the end of the day, I feel confident that our campaign is gaining momentum and a lot of positive accolades that we'll be able to very, very competitive on April 30 regardless who gets in," Seifert said.