Democrats Miss Chance to Poke at Republicans Heading to St. Paul

Mayor Chris Coleman wasn't asked to speak at the Democratic Convention.

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It seems as if the Democratic convention planners missed out on a chance for a little fun. Chris Coleman, the popular Democratic mayor of his native St. Paul, which next week will host the Republican National Convention, has been roaming the halls of the Pepsi Center this week as a guest - checking out how the Mile High City has handled its party, and hanging out with his own state delegation, which includes his brother, Pat. But when our Liz Halloran asked why he wasn't among the parade of podium speakers, Coleman - no relation to Minnesota's GOP Sen. Norm Coleman - said he wasn't offered a slot. Seems it should have been a no-brainer, no? Coleman, 46, is considered a rising star - the former public defender and prosecutor has been mentioned as a potential future candidate for governor. "I guess they have no idea how funny I am," Coleman deadpanned. "I could have delivered five points for sure." (His more politic aside: "The party has a deep and impressive bench.") Coleman, who endorsed Hillary Clinton, says he's confident his city is ready for its week in the spotlight. Suggestions for visitors? Try the local brew, Summit Pale Ale, "the best beer in America," he testifies. Don't miss the beautiful state Capitol, the Cathedral of St. Paul, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's haunts on stately Summit Avenue. And venture across the Mississippi River to Minneapolis to see the stunning new Guthrie Theater and Walker Art Center. So noted, mayor. See you in St. Paul.