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“He’s not flamboyant like R.T., doesn’t have the big plan like Jesse Ventura or the splashy deals like Norm Coleman,” he said.
On other hand, Hamline political science Prof. Joe Peschek said that Coleman isn’t typecast as a Twin Cities liberal. “His family, his looks, his policies would have appeal,” Peschek said. “He’s not the darling of the progressive activists within the DFL, but he seems to have inoculated himself against a [party] challenger from the left.”
Coleman said that if he never holds another office beyond mayor, he would be perfectly content. It’s just as likely that he’ll wind up a fly-fishing guide in Montana, he said.
“To be a St. Paul kid, to be the mayor of the city that you grew up in, born and raised in, raised your family in — how could you ever have more of an honor?” he said. “I love what we’ve done here.”
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