Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Could St. Paul have gone for the Democrats today?

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Jeremy Hanson, a spokesman for Democratic Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, said the cities were in a “flurry” of final negotiations with both parties Wednesday, and Republicans moved to seal the deal first.

Hanson wouldn’t elaborate on negotiations, citing they were part of private contracts. But he said that most facets of what it takes to host a convention, including details of hotel packages, transportation and security, were still under discussion earlier on Wednesday. “There was no one thing,” he said.

Why were the Democrats also in a flurry of final negotiations today? Reading between the lines, it certainly sounds like the Democrats knew this was about to happen - could they have made a bid for St. Paul today also? My guess is the Democrats probably weren't ready to pull the trigger, and the GOP was. But I hope we hear more about what went on in the final hours.