- The Washington Times - Monday, January 18, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman said it’s too soon to jump back into politics after his bruising loss to former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Al Franken.

Mr. Coleman put rumors to rest late Sunday by announcing he would not run for governor. Mr. Coleman, a Republican, said on his Facebook page that a campaign would come too late to run properly and too early after his Senate loss.

The 60-year-old Mr. Coleman didn’t immediately return a phone message Sunday.

Mr. Coleman has kept a low profile since conceding to Mr. Franken in June after a bitter election that was so close it took eight months of recounting and litigation to settle.

A former St. Paul mayor, Mr. Coleman ran for governor in 1998 but was defeated by former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura.

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