Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak went crowd surfing with his mother, Lorraine, after it was announced that Pres. Barack Obama had won re-election.

David Joles, Star Tribune

Rybak mulls next move: Here or D.C.?

  • November 10, 2012 - 4:27 PM

Mayor R.T. Rybak has descended from another election night crowd surf -- this one with his mom, no less -- and now faces the quadrennial questions about his future.

Namely, will he seek a fourth term? Or, after months campaigning for Barack Obama, is he headed to Washington?

On Thursday, Rybak said he'll make a decision on the first question before Jan 1. As for an administration post, Rybak said he hasn't sought or been offered one.

"If I was going to go to Washington I would have gone four years ago," said Rybak, who has served as mayor for nearly 11 years. He hasn't ruled it out, however.

As for a fourth term, Rybak doesn't believe Obama's re-election has changed his "calculus."

"My family and I are just going to get together, probably over the holidays, and decide," Rybak said.

Running for a fourth term would put Rybak in the running for longest-serving mayor in Minneapolis history. That record is now held by Don Fraser, who left in 1993 after serving 14 years.

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