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Twin Cities mayors unlikely to follow predecessors’ path to D.C.

R.T. to Obama: no thanks.

According to KARE-TV, that’s what the Minneapolis mayor — an early and big supporter of the president-elect — would say if asked to go to Washington for a federal job.

For the record, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman isn’t likely to head for Washington, either, having been a staunch Hillary supporter until late in the game. But two recent St. Paul mayors did go to D.C. during the last Democratic administration.

Following his long mayoral tenure, George Latimer served as a special adviser to Henry Cisneros, President Bill Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development secretary, from 1993 until 1995. And after his mayoral days, Jim Scheibel was director of the federal Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and also the Senior Corps program in the Clinton administration.

And of course, former Mayor Norm Coleman made it to Washington via another route.

KARE’s report also says Rep. Jim Oberstar wants to stay in Congress and notes that State Sen. Dick Cohen was a big fundraiser for the Obama campaign.

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