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St. Paul Mayor Coleman bypasses Charlotte, heads to Italy for vacation

MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Mayor Chris Coleman and wife Connie are heading to Italy on Saturday for a long-planned trip for her 50th birthday.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made a speech at the Democratic National Convention this week (but not in prime time) and we saw Rybak sitting in the crowd next to Sen. Al Franken watching President Clinton’s speech Wednesday night.

So where was St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman?

Home in St. Paul, packing. He and wife Connie are heading to Italy on Saturday for a long-planned trip for her 50th birthday.

At the State Fair on Labor Day, while eating cheese curds with mustard at a table outside the O’Gara’s booth, the mayor said that going to the convention in Charlotte right before the Italy trip would have kept him out of town too long.

(I imagine that decision could have changed had be been offered one of those speaking spots that other mayors had at the convention.)

The mayor said he and his wife will visit Rome and Florence and spend some time in a small Tuscany town.

They’ll return Sept. 18. While he’s gone, Deputy Mayor Paul Williams will be in charge of the capital city.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ginny Martin on 09/06/2012 - 12:17 pm.

    Chris Coleman

    Kind of a nasty comment, especially since it’s untrue. Chris Coleman was there; I saw him on TV. So he left early, perhaps, to go on vacation. So.

  2. Submitted by Joe Kimball on 09/06/2012 - 01:34 pm.

    Mayor’s office confirms he didn’t go to DNC

    Mayor Coleman’s communication staff confirms: he did not go to Charlotte.

    But Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak was prominently shown in the TV cutaways during the speech.

  3. Submitted by Joe Kimball on 09/07/2012 - 11:10 am.

    Coleman brother Patrick was at DNC

    Sounds like there was some confusion because Mayor Chris Coleman’s brother, Patrick, was at the DNC and apparently got some TV time. And they look kinda similar, but nothing like brother Nick.

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