Statement from Rep. Ryan Winkler on Controversial Tweet

Created: 06/25/2013 1:57 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Rep. Ryan Winkler tweet
Rep. Ryan Winkler tweet

State Rep. Ryan Winkler issued the following statement about comments he made on twitter regarding the United States Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.

“I was very disappointed today in the Supreme Court decision to roll back key provisions of the Voting Rights Act because I believe the Voting Rights Act is one of the most important steps our nation has taken to eliminate racial discrimination.

In expressing that disappointment on twitter, I hastily used a loaded term that is offensive to many. My words were inappropriate and I apologize. The implications of this Supreme Court decision are serious for our state and country and I regret that my comments have distracted from the serious dialogue we must have going forward to ensure racial discrimination has no place in our election system.”