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Rybak heads to the White House

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: January 5, 2012 - 9:39 AM

Fresh off a DNC trip to New Hampshire, mayor R.T. Rybak is headed south today to promote summer jobs at the White House.

City officials said in a statement this morning that Rybak will "kick off the Obama Administration's new summer-jobs initiative for low-income youth." 

He will be joined by Hashim Yonis, a former intern for the city's STEP-UP summer jobs program.

Rybak spent Tuesday and Wednesday in New Hampshire working to defeat GOP presidential candidates in their first-in-the-nation primary next week. One report said Rybak is raising expectations for Mitt Romney's performance there to "undercut [his] momentum."

The mayor's trip to New Hampshire coincided with the retirement of his fire chief back in Minneapolis.

Rybak also spent last Thursday and Friday campaigning in Des Moines. 

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