Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher is letting DFL delegates know that her campaign for governor is getting support from top city government leaders.
A day after St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced his endorsement of Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak for the DFL endorsement, Kelliher held a news conference with two city council presidents who are backing her. Barb Johnson of Minneapolis and Kathy Lantry of St. Paul both praised Kelliher's leadership experience. Lantry said she also wants to see Minnesota elect its first female governor.
"The added bonus, as it were, is to make history, Lantry said. "I certainly don;t want to dwell upon the point, but I think it's an important thing for the state of Minnesota. And I hate that we're thinking about 2010 and this is a first."
Kelliher and Rybak are considered the frontrunners for the DFL endorsement.Party delegates will gather next weekend in Duluth to make their pick.