Posted at 5:54 PM on September 15, 2009
by Tom Scheck
The House DFL Caucus announced today that MN House Majority Leader Tony Sertich has been elected to serve ast the Minnesota House DFL Caucus Campaign Chair for the 2010 election cycle. The announcement isn't a surprise since House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher will have her hands full in the coming months. Kelliher will officially announce her campaign for governor tomorrow morning in Mankato.
Sertich will now have a greater say over candidate recruitment, fundraising and which candidates receive financial support from the caucus. He's also well positioned to become the next House Speaker if Kelliher's aspirations come true.
That being said, newly elected House Minority Leader Kurt Zellers is hoping the mid-terms favor the GOP and propels him to the Speaker's chair.
When I spoke to MAK earlier this month, she said she's *not* running for reelection to her House seat: http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/3947/anderson-kelliher-budget-instability-means-broken-promises which appears to mean that whether she wins the gubernatorial race or not, Sertich is next in line for the Speaker's gavel.
Do people really think Sertich has the leadership skills to be Speaker? I've seen him operate on the House floor, and I've got a lot of doubts that he'd be up to the job.