Offering a mutual DFL hand across the river, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman endorsed Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for governor today. The party's nominating convention is April 24.
"R.T. has been a partner and a friend, and I am endorsing him for governor because of his executive experience: he knows what it's like to make the tough choices in tough times," Coleman said in a statement.
Here's the press release:
April 15, 2010 (SAINT PAUL) -- Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman today announced his endorsement of Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak for governor.
"Without question, the field for the DFL endorsement is strong and I admire the talents and efforts of many of our candidates. I am compelled to stand with R.T. today because there is too much at stake to remain silent. It's critical that Minnesota send someone to the Capitol who can put our financial house in order and get our economy moving again."
"R.T. has been a partner and a friend, and I am endorsing him for governor because of his executive experience: he knows what it's like to make the tough choices in tough times. Now more than ever that's what we need in our next Governor," Mayor Coleman said.
"Being a mayor is about getting results, and I've seen R.T. get results," Mayor Coleman continued. "He and I have worked together to create good jobs, build a 21st-century clean-energy economy, fight for strong, safe neighborhoods and build the modern transportation system that our region deserves. All of Minnesota needs results like these."
"I'm truly grateful for Chris Coleman's endorsement because since he took office, Chris has been one of my closest partners -- and I look forward to a continued collaboration when I am governor," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. "His advice and support are especially valuable because he knows first-hand, as few others do, about the challenges and rewards of serving as a chief executive."
Mayor Rybak continued, "Chris is a statewide leader in the fight to make sure that all Minnesota cities, large and small, get the support they need to focus on the basics: keeping people safe in their homes and on the street, keeping our roads and bridges in good shape and keeping property taxes down. When I am governor, I will keep working closely with Chris and mayors across Minnesota to make sure they have all the tools they need to get results and build strong economies for their communities."