ST. PAUL (AP) — Former House Minority Leader Matt Entenza is exploring a run for governor.
A spokeswoman said the St. Paul DFLer has filed the official paperwork with the Campaign Finance Board. He has also set up a Web site.
Entenza served in the Minnesota House from 1995 to 2007. He ran for attorney general in 2006 but dropped out after he was criticized for hiring a research firm to investigate then-Attorney General Mike Hatch. At the time, Entenza said he quit because he didn't want the dispute to harm other DFL candidates.
He now chairs the Minnesota 2020 think tank.
Entenza is joining an already crowded DFL field. Others who have filed papers include Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, Senator Steve Kelley, Representative Paul Thissen, Senator John Marty, Senator Tom Bakk and former U.S. Senator Mark Dayton.
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he'll announce later this year if he'll seek a third term.