Chuck Repke’s life as a DFL strategist began with a mistaken identity.

One day, the Repkes’ phone rang at their home on St. Paul’s West Side. It was answered by 18-year-old Chuck Jr.

“Is Chuck there?” asked Jim Scheibel, who was active in city DFL politics and would go on to be elected mayor. He wanted to talk Repke’s dad, Chuck Sr., into attending an upcoming political gathering.

“This is Chuck,” said Chuck Jr.

“And Jim Scheibel proceeded to get him to agree to come,” said Gloria Bogen, Repke Jr.’s wife and best friend for the past 11 years. “That

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