Mayor Rybak Uses Social Media to Refute KSTP Report
Mayor R.T. Rybak sharply criticized a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS story about his political future.
In our initial report, Mayor Rybak told us "he honestly didn't know" when we asked him if he intended to run for re-election in 2013. We also mentioned that political sources had told us he had been in Washington and talk about his working for President Obama's administration had taken place.
The Mayor took to Facebook and said our story was "wrong" and it was laughable that a reporter would "almost literally make up a story." He later called us and told us our sources were wrong and he has not discussed a job in Washington.
In our subsequent report, we added Mayor Rybak's statement that our sources were wrong.
Earlier Monday, a spokesperson for the Mayor's office told us his comments about "making up the story" were in the heat of the moment and they recognized our efforts to include more context to his statements in our subsequent story. A spokesperson for the Mayor told us they would post our latest story and remove the remarks about "making up the story." And, his office also told us it is accurate to say the Mayor is "undecided" about running for a fourth term.
If you want to watch the entire Rybak interview, click play on the video player.