Gov. Mark Dayton's assured supporters in an e-mail Thursday night that he's going to run for re-election, the Star Tribune reports.
In the e-mail -- which was reportedly in reaction to an anti-tax ad campaign from the business community -- Dayton vowed, "If I'm breathing, I'm running."
The ads, created by the new business coalition "United for Jobs," started to air Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reports.
David Olson, the president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release, "Before the Governor and legislators ask for more from taxpayers, they need to go line-by-line through the budget, make sure they have cut the waste, and are accountable for every single taxpayer dollar they spend."
According to the Star Tribune, one of the ads claims that "Minnesotans pay some of the highest taxes in America," and urges people to "tell Gov. Dayton and our legislators: You don't need more of our money, you need to spend it better."
Dayton, 66, countered in Thursday's email, "Their untruthful attacks only strengthen my commitment to run for re-election next year."
While the election isn't until 2014, several Republican candidates are being sized up for a potential gubernatorial run, the Star Tribune reports.
Among them are State Rep Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove), who doesn't confirm or deny a possible run; new state Sen. Minority Leader David Hann, who briefly ran for governor in 2010; and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, a National Republican Committeeman who indicated last year after the election that he was interested in a possible run.
WCCO reports that Hann is keeping a daily tally on wasteful spending to make a case that Dayton's tax hikes aren't necessary, but says it "doesn’t seem like the DFL is getting the message."