No party for Reichgott Junge

class=img_thumbleft> 5th District Congressional candidate Ember Reichgott Junge has backed down in her fight with the DFL over use of the party's moniker. On July 10, DFL attorney Alan Weinblatt sent her campaign a letter demanding that the moniker be stripped from all "billboards, websites, and other campaign materials, forthwith." State Rep. Keith Ellison is the DFL-endorsed candidate, but faces three serious challengers in the September primary.

The former state senator initially refused (see "Party Games"). But in a press release put out by the campaign this morning Reichgott-Junge agreed to make the changes. "Frankly, I was surprised at the strident tone of the letter," Reichgott Junge says in the release. "The initials DFL had been prominently displayed on our campaign website since April, and we were never notified by the party or anyone else that there was a problem."

For the record here are the changes, as detailed in the press release, that are being implemented:

July 13: website ( changed to:

"DFL Primary--Fifth District"

July 17: E-blasts changed to: "DFL Primary September 12"

July 26: Two billboards changed to "DFL Member" at the following locations:

328-3rd Street, Minneapolis

5415 W. Broadway, Crystal

By July 28: Two billboards changed to "DFL Member" and moved to the following new locations:

1417 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis

4300 Nicollet, Minneapolis

By July 31, there will be no billboards that are unchanged.