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“Basically, it’s a one-party town and the DFL is really a unified party at this point,” Schultz said. “We’ve heard rumblings from people on the left side of the DFL that they don’t like Chris Coleman, but they’re such a small portion.”
Coleman, Schultz said, has at least two things going for him: he’s inoffensive to most Democrats and he’s perceived as a winner. He beat incumbent Randy Kelly in 2005 and businesswoman Eva Ng four years ago by equal landslide margins.
Meyer said that the Green Party is talking with a couple people who are considering making a run, but he agreed with Schultz’s assessment.
“When you look at the probability that somebody’s going to break through from outside the DFL, that’s a challenge,” he said.
Greg Copeland, who chairs St. Paul’s Republican party, said that the GOP continues to recruit candidates for mayor and the school board. He said there was no shortage of issues on which to challenge Coleman, including the city’s high unemployment rate, hikes in property taxes and fees, and mismanagement of the police crime lab.
The city GOP caucus will meet in a couple weeks. “I am confident there is a brave St. Paul citizen who would like to stand for mayor despite Coleman’s war chest,” Copeland said.
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