Teamsters rescind their endorsement of Senator Reinert, citing Sunday liquor sales as issue

By KBJR News 1

May 25, 2014 Updated May 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The fight for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota, which failed in the legislature this year, has apparently cost Senator Roger Reinert political support from the Teamsters, as well.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Teamsters Joint Council 32 has rescinded an endorsement of a sitting state legislator.

In this case: Duluth Democrat Roger Reinert, who has been a leading advocate for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.

According to Senator Reinert, the Teamsters and he agree on most issues, like transportation, but his failed push for Sunday sales seems to be the only area of disagreement.

In the letter, Teamster's President and political director both call Reinert dishonest and lacking integrity, with claims of him spreading false information about contract language and union members' collective bargaining agreements.

In response, the Senator says he's disappointed in what he calls the letter's false accusations, along with the fact he had to find out the news over Twitter.

He says he's also been clear about his stance on the issue prior to their endorsement of the Senator.

Reinert says the dispute won't stop his, or other state lawmakers', push for Sunday liquor sales next year.

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