DFLer Mark Dayton says he wants to meet next week with the mayor of Eagan to discuss ways to save the Lockheed Martin plant.
The company recently announced plans to close its Eagan facility and displace about a thousand employees. Dayton told reporters Monday that he was surprised by the announcement.
He said he was also surprised that Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other state officials had not done much to try to head off the company's decision.
"Seems to me this is fundamentally a responsibility of Gov. Pawlenty and his administration," he said. "If I'm governor, I'll pick up the pieces and do as best I can from that point forward."
Pawlenty said last week that he would encourage the next governor to consider significant incentives to try to save the Lockheed Martin plant. Dayton's election certificate is pending a statewide recount.