Kurt Zellers says his "hot wife" separates him from gubernatorial competition
|Zellers (right), his wife Kim (left), and their children.|
The field of GOPers vying to run against incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is likely to be crowded. Already, Zellers has three declared competitors: businessman Scott Honour, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, and state Sen. Dave Thompson, who is expected to announce on Wednesday.
So what sets Zellers apart? Is it the three-week government shutdown he presided over in 2011; his, er, nuanced stance on the Vikings stadium vote; or his willingness to reconsider his dislike of Leinie's? Well, no. It is, Zellers says, his "hot wife."
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"What differentiates you from the other thousand Republicans wanting the job?" Zellers was asked during his Sunday announcement, which took place on a friend's lawn in his home town of Maple Grove.
"They aren't married to this hot a wife," Zellers replied with a laugh.
His wife, Kim, aside, Zellers sought with his announcement to draw a distinct line between Dayton and his wealthy background as a department store heir, and his own experience as a self-described middle-class family man familiar with odd jobs like pizza delivery.
On Sunday, Zellers said he would seek his party's endorsement, but not necessarily abide by it: Nod or not, he will consider running against an endorsed candidate in the party primary.