It is a strange Minnesota State Fair this year, politically at least.
There generally is not much political activity in a non-election year, like 2009. But with a couple dozen candidates in or getting ready to jump into the 2010 governor’s race, many were interested in getting face time with fair-goers.
Candidates and potential candidates found plenty of reasons to be at the fair.
Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau was one of them, although the farmer always spends a lot of time there. This year, however, it may have been a bit different because she is considering running for the top job next year.
The Republican said she will not decide whether to run until late August.
“My family is still meeting,” she said while handing out brochures promoting a healthy heart lifestyle.
Her mother strongly advised her not to run, but Molnau said she only sometimes listens to mom’s advice.
Molnau’s decision will come after a late-October family gathering.
With a decision coming that late, she will not be in contention at the early-October state Republican convention in which many candidates will look for support.
Elsewhere at the fair, many candidates hung out at one of the two major party booths.
Only state Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, had a fair booth. At $700, he thought it was a small investment to get some notice. And being the only candidate’s booth, it stood out this year.