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  Former Sen. [Mark] Dayton: Alcoholism treatment, depression details are private
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Last EditedMonsieur  Dec 27, 2009 03:05pm
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AuthorRachel E. Stassen-Berger and Baird Helgeson
MediaNewspaper - Star Tribune, The (Minneapolis - St. Paul)
News DateSunday, December 27, 2009 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFacing what is expected to be a brutal campaign for governor, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton revealed to the Star Tribune that he's long been medicated for depression and that the recovering alcoholic relapsed before the end of his term.

"I am a candidate for governor and I think people have a right to know this about me," Dayton, one of 11 Democrats running for governor, said in an interview Sunday.

But Dayton also refused to offer many details of either his depression or alcoholism -- only that he started drinking again sometime between Feb. 2005, when he decided not to seek a second term, and Feb. 2007, when he checked himself into Hazelden's Renewal Center for help with his recovery. He said he has been sober since 2007.

Reaction to Dayton's disclosures ranged from praise to predictions that he will be unable to keep details private in the hypercompetitive contest for the state's top office.
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