ST. PAUL (AP) -- Former City Council member Steve Minn said he has no plans to run for any political office, despite interest from Independents and moderate Republicans.
Five months have passed since the Minnesota Senate rejected Gov. Jesse Ventura's appointment of Minn as head of the merged Commerce and Public Service agencies. Many senators had said they found Minn arrogant and presumptuous.
But talk hasn't stopped about where Minn might resurface, despite the rebuke.
Minn said he has been asked, both by his own Independence Party and by moderate Republicans, to enter the U.S. Senate race challenging GOP Sen. Rod Grams. Others had suggested he run against Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton in 2001.
But Minn said last week that he has no such plans. ''I'm not running for anything,'' Minn said. Instead, Minn, 39, said he will run the family business, Lupe Development Partners, a Minneapolis housing development firm he owns with his wife, Lucy.
He said he has lost some of his prime earning years by serving the public sector.
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