Is something Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said today a hint, a Freudian slip, or an innocent comment?
Here's what he told All Things Considered host Tom Crann on Thursday after he met with the Barack Obama transition team in Washington. "I see myself representing Minnesota...." he said in beginning an answer to the question of what he considers job #1 for the Obama team. Listen
Rybak's name usually comes up when experts handicap the 2010 race for governor. So, of course, Crann had to ask.
"I'm here because I'm supposed to be representing my whole part of the country... I'll figure out what I'm doing next.... soon.... but that's not for today," he said. Listen
"Relatively soon I'll figure out whether I'll run for mayor again," he said.
Yesterday St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced his intention to run for re-election this year. He, too, refused to dampen speculation that he'd run for governor.
They say every Senator looks in the mirror and sees a President. I imagine the same holds true for Mayors wishing to be Governor. It worked for Jesse (though not Norm). I wouldn't be surprised to see RT make a run for it; I wonder if mayor Coleman is waiting to see what RT does before deciding for himself? Reminds me of the 'domino effect' on the Repub side posted earlier this week.
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Enough with the speculation! We should be glad to have Mayor Rybak using his connections with Obama to influence the direction of the federal stimulus for the benefit of cities and counties in MN. Since Governor Pawlenty is doing nothing to position MN for this, at least Rybak is!