Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak issued a statement this morning soon after news broke that Charlotte — not Minneapolis or one of the other finalists — will be the site of the 2012 Democratic Convention:
“Congratulations to Charlotte on being selected to host this great event. Any assistance they need, we’re here to help.
“We’re obviously disappointed, but having been a finalist for this selection proves once again that Minneapolis has what it takes to host any major event. Trust me, we’re going to continue to compete for them. Every time Minneapolis vies for this caliber of high-profile event, we strengthen the infrastructure needed to be competitive in attractive conventions and new business to town that in turn create good jobs that grow our economy.”
As a prominent DFLer, and an early supporter of President Obama’s early campaign, Rybak will be one of those attending the convention in North Carolina the week of Sept. 3, 2012.