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

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman skipped the DNC, saying he’s headed to Italy for a long-planned trip with his wife this weekend.

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

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.

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(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.