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Mayor Coleman for governor? There’ll be no announcement under the tree

David Brauer’s Wednesday item noting that Minneapolis Mayor R.T.

David Brauer’s Wednesday item noting that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak might answer the “Will he run for mayor or governor” question in the next two weeks, maybe somewhere around Christmas, made me wonder about the other Twin Cities mayor.

He’s in the same political boat, embarking from the other side of the Mississippi.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has already told supporters he’s planning a mayoral re-election bid in ’09, but there’s lots of speculation that he might toss that tam o’ his into the governor’s ring for ’10.

So I emailed the Chris Coleman camp, wondering if such an announcement might be in the works.

Replied communications director Bob Hume:

“We don’t think that on the heels of a four-year presidential campaign and in the middle of a  financial crisis that the public is interested in a two-year gubernatorial race. Mayor Coleman is running for re-election and is proud of what we’re accomplishing in Saint Paul.”

OK.