Prettner Solon silent on whether she will be Dayton's running mate


Neither Gov. Mark Dayton or Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon are discussing whether or not they will part ways for his re-election bid in November.

Prettner Solon acknowledged to reporters that she had decided whether or not she will be Dayton's running mate in the November election and said the governor knows her decision.

But, according to the Northland News Center, she would not hint at what that decision is until the two meet again on Monday afternoon.

Longtime Minnesota political observer Blois Olson reported in his Morning Take newsletter Friday that most insiders believe Prettner Solon will almost certainly not be on the ticket with Dayton this time, according to the Forum News Service.

The name most commonly mentioned as a possible replacement for Prettner Solon is Sen. Katie Sieben, D-Cottage Grove, according to Olson. He said though many people are probably in Dayton's vetting process, including former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Over the summer, Prettner Solon told reporters she was rethinking about whether she wanted to be lieutenant governor and hinted that she would decide early this year.

She said she and Dayton seldom talk and hinted that she was involved in few decisions, the two are rarely seen in public together.

One of the issues that Prettner Solon spent a lot of time working on was a capitol security bill. The bill, which cleared a six-member panel this week did not include a ban on weapons.

A separate vote recommending gun permit holders include their name, birthday and contact information when they provide notification that they'll bring a gun to the Capitol also passed, but the ultimate vote on whether to adopt the recommendations from the panel will be up to the Legislature.

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