Ciresi, Over and Out
Mike Ciresi, a DFLer who got extremely rich suing tobacco companies, bowed out of the U.S. Senate race today. Surviving him are writer/funnyman Al Franken and academic/anti-war enthusiast Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer.
"The memories and friendships forged are timeless," Ciresi said in a statement released on his website, although he's evidently not referring to his time spent with the remaining DFL candidates, neither of whom he is endorsing.
Ciresi had previously run for Senate in 2000. That year, he lost the DFL endorsement to Iron Range populist Jerry Janezich, who went on to lose in the primary to eventual winner and noted wordsmith Mark Dayton.