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Credible candidates?

Candidates often ignore people perceived as minor candidates because to mention them can give them credibility.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign manager issued a news release after a recent bit of good economic news and mentioned four candidates, two or three of whom would have to be considered minor ones: "Minnesota's job growth has gone from lukewarm to red hot. If Peter Hutchinson, Mike Hatch, Ken Pentel or Becky Lourey had been governor the last four years, their tax-more, spend-more policies would have stunted job growth across Minnesota," Michael Krueger said.

Hutchinson belongs to the Independence Party, Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate, Pentel is a Green Party member and Lourey is challenging Hatch in the DFL primary.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.