Minnesota Mayors Gather to Support Oberstar

By KBJR News 1

October 27, 2010 Updated Oct 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Mayors from around the state of Minnesota gathered in Duluth Wednesday to show support for current U.S. Congressman Jim Oberstar.

The event was headlined by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and, of course, Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

The city leaders called Oberstar the leader this area needs and deserves during this tough economic time.

The rally came the same day an email written by Mayor Ness to the Duluth News Tribune was obtained by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The email expressed concern over the paper's plans to endorse Oberstar's opponent, Chip Cravaack, but Ness Wednesday said it was never intended to become public.

"I was sharing my private perspective with two leaders in the community," Mayor Ness said, "and I was very disappointed to find out it was turned over to the Republican National Committee and they are using it in a political way."

Over the weekend, the News Tribune's endorsement of Cravaack became official, and the NRCC called Ness' email an act of desperation by Oberstar's inner circle.

Posted by Zach Schneider