Former Republican Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman said he has no intention of challenging DFL Sen. Al Franken in 2014, National Journal reports. Coleman lost to Franken in a close race in 2008.
Coleman told the Washington-based publication, "You can't play handball in an open field. At this point there's been no candidate. He's been pretty much invisible. In that sense he hasn't created a lot of enemies. I don't know if that's his strategy, but it's a pretty good strategy if it is.”
Observers note that Franken, a former comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum, has indeed led a relatively low-profile first term in the Senate.
Coleman apologized Wednesday for not tweeting the news himself:
The Washington Post on Wednesday also examined who might be mulling a campaign against Franken: Reps. Erik Paulsen, John Kline and Michele Bachmann.