Humorous NYT column suggests Dalrymple presidential run

(UPDATED with Dalrymple response) BISMARCK–Sarah Palin and Chris Christie are out. So how about…Jack Dalrymple?

In a humorous column titled “Desperately Seeking Dalrymple,” New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins suggests the North Dakota governor join the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

“I know you couldn’t care less about Sarah Palin bowing out of the presidential race, but let me ask you this: Who wants to spend the next 13 months watching Mitt Romney run against Barack Obama? Can I see a show of hands?” Collins writes.

Toward the end of the column, she throws out Dalrymple’s name.

“North Dakota has so many jobs there’s a labor shortage. And a monster budget surplus. Of course, this is almost entirely because they’ve discovered a huge field of oil up there,” she writes. “But do you remember how Rick Perry keeps bragging about job creation in Texas? If Perry can take credit for oil, Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota can, too.”

You can read the full column here and see more of what she had to say about Dalrymple and North Dakota.

But like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Dalrymple isn’t about to let the national media talk him into a presidential campaign.

“(I’m) very flattered to even have my name mentioned in the nation’s largest newspaper, but no,” he laughed. “This is going to have to be left to some other Republican candidates, I guess. I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing right now.”

Dalrymple said he was in Medora at a meeting with the oil and gas producing counties when he first heard about the column. After giving a speech, he asked if there were any questions and was asked if it was true that he was running for president.

“Everybody burst out laughing. I said, ‘Am I missing something here?’ ” Dalrymple said.

The state and its governor have basked in national attention due to the state’s strong economy and low unemployment rate. As I reported yesterday, Dalrymple had an interview with CNN Money. This summer, he also did interviews with Jim Cramer of CNBC’s “Mad Money” and with CNBC show “Squawk Box.”