Rep. Ellison endorses Entenza for governor

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There were rumors this weekend that Rep. Keith Ellison would be announcing his endorsement of Matt Entenza and today it's official.

An excerpt from his endorsement letter:

"Matt understands that Minnesota's future success is linked to the success of the whole country. Matt will be the strong partner we need to make our work in Congress bear fruit back home in Minnesota. With Matt's help, we can pass health care for all and develop the clean energy economy. Matt's experience growing up taught him the importance of a good education. Matt will make sure Minnesota's kids are the best-educated in the world and that we have a workforce that can create and sustain great jobs."

Entenza is running for governor in 2010. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has not announced if he will run for reelection. Ellison and Entenza attended law school together at the University of Minnesota and also served together in the Minnesota legislature.

Read Ellison's full endorsement letter below.

Ellison's full endorsement letter:

In 1988, my commitment to public service led me to start law school at the University of Minnesota. There I met a man who shared my commitment: Matt Entenza. We became good friends and then colleagues in the Minnesota Legislature. In the twenty years since we met, I've been proud to see Matt become the progressive leader he is today.

Getting to know Matt, spending time with his family, I have come to know a man who understands how special our state is. Matt overcame adversity in his own life because he had a strong Minnesota community and a solid Minnesota public education on his side. Matt has dedicated his life to making sure everybody else has the same opportunities. Matt has a clear vision of where we need to go to keep delivering on Minnesota's promise.

That's why I am supporting Matt Entenza for Governor of Minnesota in 2010.

Matt understands that Minnesota's future success is linked to the success of the whole country. Matt will be the strong partner we need to make our work in Congress bear fruit back home in Minnesota. With Matt's help, we can pass health care for all and develop the clean energy economy. Matt's experience growing up taught him the importance of a good education. Matt will make sure Minnesota's kids are the best-educated in the world and that we have a workforce that can create and sustain great jobs.

Matt has stood up time and again - and won - against Republicans who have wanted to cut education and health care in our state and balance budgets on the backs of hard-working Minnesotans. He is the leader who in 2004 took the House DFL from a deep minority to only two seats away from a majority, positioning us for future success on behalf of Minnesotans. Matt is the kind of leader we need to make Minnesota work again.

I hope you will join me today in supporting Matt Entenza for Governor. He needs your financial support and your volunteer support as he moves forward in this race. In these difficult times, it's so important that we work to put a leader like Matt back in the governor's office - and get Minnesota working again."

Thank you,
Keith Ellison

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