Posted at: 03/07/2013 11:01 PM
Updated at: 03/07/2013 11:10 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he won't be running for public office next year. He commented on the decision in a series of tweets posted Thursday night.
Coleman said in a tweet that "public service is an important part of my life. It will remain so even though I will not run for public office in 2014."
He also tweeted the message "want to mentor a new generation of optimistic, limited government focused leaders who aren't afraid to find common ground to solve problems."
Coleman said he will focus his time and energy on helping Minnesota elect a Senator and Governor who support free enterprise, efficient government and seek to bring folks together.
In January Coleman said he wouldn't seek a rematch with Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, next year. He also told the Associated Press that he wasn't ruling a bid for governor "in or out," but signaled that a decision was a ways off.
Coleman lost to Franken by a few hundred votes in 2008, in a race that prompted a statewide recount and an ensuing court challenge that delayed Franken's seating until months after the election.
Coleman previously ran for governor in 1998 but lost to Jesse Ventura.