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Press Release: In damage control after debate, Joe Radinovich goes on apology tour for not supporting mining

HERMANTOWN — Just hours after the first debate with candidates for the 8th congressional district, Joe Radinovich launched an apology tour, the second of his drifting campaign, to conduct damage control after his repeated refusal in front of a live audience Wednesday to offer his support for copper-nickel mining, which would provide an economic boom in the region that would include good-paying jobs for working families in northeastern Minnesota.

This is Joe’s second apology tour in September in a brief post-primary campaign that has been highlighted by a candidate running from his own record – legal, criminal, and legislative.

Earlier this month, when it was revealed Joe had a lengthy criminal and drug record, Joe went on an apology tour to meet with media in an attempt to gloss over his legal problems that included more than 30 incidents – some violations and unpaid fines as recent as this year. The Duluth News Tribune opened the debate calling him out on not being honest with voters.

“Mr. Radinovich, after news broke about dozens of traffic infractions the News Tribune asked if there is anything else of concern in your background and you at that time said ‘no.’ It was after that, that the run-in with police over the possession of drug paraphernalia came to light… Is there anything else?” asked debate moderator Chuck Frederick of the Duluth News Tribune.

Even after the debate, the Duluth News Tribune reported that Joe’s explanations of his wayward legal record were “flippant.”

Now, a day after that debate, Joe launched Apology Tour II to attempt to clarify his refusal to support copper-nickel mining. In an explanation reminiscent of Sen. John Kerry’s “I was for it before I was against it,” Joe still won’t take a stand in support of mining. Unlike Pete Stauber, who this past summer personally met with both President Trump and the Vice President Pence and conveyed the need to reverse the mining ban, Joe has been eerily silent.

When Joe refused to take a stand in the debate, Stauber illustrated Joe’s position: “You’ve been doing the Texas two-step in this entire campaign. Either you support copper-nickel mining or you don’t.”

When asked after the debate why he didn’t better explain his position on copper-nickel mining, Joe told reporters, “It’s nuanced.”

Radinovich, no doubt hearing from miners in the region concerned that he won’t stand with them and the potential job growth that would benefit the Iron Range, tried to backtrack without providing any more clarity.

“This isn’t that difficult, it shouldn’t take two days of interviews to attempt to tell voters where you stand on issues,” said Stauber. “There is only one candidate in this race that supports iron ore mining, copper-nickel mining, and Enbridge Line 3. We need to unleash the economic engine in the 8th district and ensure greater opportunity and prosperity for families throughout the region.”