Rybak swats down DNC rumors

WASHINGTON – After strongly supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s name has been floating around Washington in recent days as a possible candidate to take over the Democratic National Committee.

But Rybak, who’s visiting the capital to lobby Congress and the executive branch on the upcoming spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff, says there’s nothing to the rumors.

“Nobody’s talked to me about anything, and I haven’t talked to anybody about anything, too,” said Rybak, shortly after getting out of a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.

Rybak pointed out that there was similar speculation that he was angling for an administration job four years ago when he also campaigned hard for Obama.

In addition to meeting Biden, Rybak also met with top Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate to urge them to consider tax hikes for the wealthy along the lines that Obama has proposed.

Rybak currently serves as one of five vice chairs of the Democratic National Committee. Florida U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz currently heads the DNC. Her term expires at the end of the year.

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