Finkenauer denounces Blum’s praise for Iowa state GOP anti-worker agenda

Dubuque, IA – Today, the Iowa Teamsters endorsed Abby Finkenauer for Congress in Iowa’s First Congressional District. The Teamsters represent nearly 10,000 hard-working Iowans and is the largest union representing law enforcement in the state.

“When the Republican majority in the state legislature attacked Iowa workers’ rights, pensions and wages earlier this spring, Abby was always on the front lines standing with us,” said Teamsters State Political Coordinator Jim Romar. “We need leaders like Abby who are unafraid to stand up for working families against the deep-pocketed right-wing agendas that want to shortchange them.”

This past week at a local GOP event, Blum praised Iowa state Republican legislators for passing anti-worker legislation earlier this year. He even noted that he was “jealous” he couldn’t enact the same agenda in Washington.

“Congressman Rod Blum applauded his Republican friends for undercutting hardworking teachers, snow plow drivers, correctional officers and truck drivers,” said Finkenauer. “The deck is still stacked against Iowa working families, and I’m tired of out-of-touch politicians like Congressman Blum who put their ideology ahead of putting money back in the pockets of our friends and neighbors.”

“With supporters like the Teamsters, we can send someone new to Congress who will finally bring the voices of working men and women to the table.”

The endorsement signals strong momentum for Finkenauer in the race to win back Iowa’s First. Teamsters join a long list of support from labor groups and progressive organizations, including SMART Local 91, AFSCME Council 61, Dubuque Building and Construction Trades, Ironworkers Local 89, Plumbers and Pipefitters of East Central Iowa Local 125, EMILY’s List, NARAL and over twenty elected officials and activists.