What would prompt Bloomington mayor Gene Winstead to vogue down a Mall of America runway modeling a t-shirt and Zubaz? Nothing short of the unveiling of the official line of Republican National Convention clothing, which took place at the mall’s rotunda Tuesday. Cyndi Lesher, president of the convention’s local host committee, said she’d wear the pink polo shirt she had on again. “It’s a decent color,” she said. She’s right–and what kind of quality is that for a convention outfit? The clothes, made by Minnesota company St. Croix Promotions and Retail, sport plenty of the aforementioned fashion don’ts, but in a restrained way–almost too restrained. One sky-blue T-shirt’s screenprint is a colorful drawing of the St. Paul skyline with a little airplane toting a “MSP 2008″ sign. On another shirt, a donkey and an elephant hold a communal sign reading “Let’s Party!”
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