Rybak denies Senate run

Mayor R.T. Rybak has quashed rumors that he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

A recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press raised the possibility with several political observers calling him a strong contender in the race against Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008.

The story also quoted Rybak as saying he would consider entering the race if political backers urged him to run. &#8220It's possible,” he said.

Jeremy Hanson, Rybak's spokesman, said the mayor has no plans to announce a bid for Senate.

&#8220Mayor Rybak is not running against Sen. Norm Coleman. He will absolutely finish his term,” Hanson said. &#8220Rybak loves being mayor of Minneapolis and he has an ambitious agenda to build a great city. He was just reelected to the job he wanted all his life, and intends to finish the job.”

Rybak recently started laying out the priorities of his second term in a series of Great City forums that started Jan. 31 at Roosevelt High School in South

Minneapolis.

During the first forum he outlined programs designed to prepare the city's youth for life after high school. The second, Reweaving the Urban Fabric, is set for Feb. 28 and will focus on comprehensive redevelopment strategies. The final, Closing the Gap and scheduled for March 29, will address Rybak's goals for reducing economic disparities in the city.