Freshman state Sen. Dave Thompson has made it official that he won’t challenge Minnesota’s senior U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012.
PIM’s Paul Demko last Friday reported that Thompson, R-Burnsville, was expected to announce he would put an end to speculation that he might enter the race against the formidable first term Democratic incumbent.
“I was truly surprised and honored when my name surfaced as a possible 2012 U.S. Senate candidate,” Thompson said in a statement. “Over the last several weeks many people have encouraged me to take this opportunity seriously. I have taken their advice, but have decided not to run. I am comfortable with that decision.
“I thoroughly enjoy representing my constituents in the Minnesota state Senate. The new Senate Republican majority has transformed the discussion and dramatically impacted the direction of policy in this great state. Our work has just begun, and it will be an honor to continue my role in that important process.”
Former GOP state Rep. Dan Severson is Klobuchar’s lone GOP challenger.