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It was the most controversial decision of Rybak’s career. Several City Council members who backed it paid a steep political price. But Rybak’s popularity didn’t take a perceptible hit. That, too, is the sort of thing state pols notice and respect.
Rybak is heading shortly to a new gig at Generation Next as an education reform advocate. He’ll still pop up at the Capitol, likely often enough to stay top of mind among DFLers wondering who might run for governor whenever DFLer Mark Dayton relinquishes the job. He’ll keep reinforcing the reality that as Minneapolis goes, so goes Minnesota.
That will undoubtedly be Mayor Betsy Hodges’ message, too. She’ll have an easier time selling it than Rybak had 12 years ago. For that, Hodges and every other Minnesotan can thank R.T.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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