Teamsters rescind endorsement of DFL state Sen. Reinert for his actions on Sunday liquor sales

State Sen. Roger Reinert, a DFLer from Duluth who tried unsuccessfully to pass a modest Sunday liquor bill this session, has lost an endorsement from the Teamsters Union because of it.

The Teamsters opposed the bill — considered a relatively minor step in the attempt to end the Sunday liquor sales ban in the state — saying it would involve reopening contracts between drivers and beer distributors.

In a letter to Reinert, published by Sally Jo Sorenson at Bluestem Prairie, Teamsters Joint Council 32 President Patrick Radzak says:

“Your continued demeanor and conduct toward me, our leadership and most importantly, our members, has been reprehensible.”

Radzak says Reinert spread false information, and that this is the first time in over 30 years that a Teamster endorsement of a sitting legislator has been rescinded.

Reinert told MPR: “I think I probably have a perfect voting record on many other issues they support. I’m not up for re-election until 2016, so we still have time that we need to work together. I serve on the transportation committee, and that certainly is a major interest area of theirs.”

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