Yesterday, St. Paul
Dictator Mayor Chris Coleman and Betsy Hodges -- now officially the mayor-elect of Minneapolis, finally -- got together for lunch at the IDS Center.
The lunch followed a tradition started when R.T. Rybak took Coleman out for a bite when he was first elected back in 2005. Coleman, asked about that that first lunch with Rybak and the importance of the tradition it spawned, told reporters (via the Star Tribune):
"It was a great opportunity to begin what I believe was some of the most important work that we've done over the last eight years, which was to really focus on not what our differences were, not to be competitors, but to understand that we are absolutely at our best when we act regionally, when we act as cities that cooperate -- when we understand that our competition is not with each other, but with other cities across the country and across the globe."
But as far as we're concerned, the most interesting tidbit came when Coleman was asked what advice he had for Hodges as she prepares to become Minneapolis's first non-Rybak mayor since 2002.
"Whatever you do, you don't want to take lessons from the mayor of Toronto," Coleman quipped. "Look to other mayors to be your role model."
Coleman was referring, of course, to Rob Ford, the embattled mayor of Toronto who recently admitted to smoking crack during a "drunken stupor." Then, if that wasn't bad enough, footage emerged of an animated and agitated Ford threatening to "kill" some "fucking guy." Here's that footage:
And here's a GIF from that video of Ford going "full Chris Farley":
Asked what the hell was going on in that clip, Ford told the Toronto Sun he was "extremely, extremely inebriated." Despite the embarrassing revelations, he refuses to resign from office.
So yeah, we'd say Coleman's advice is pretty sound.