Oberstar Packing, Staff Shreds Constituent Cases

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Veteran Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar packed up his committee chairman-sized office on Capitol Hill this week and moved to the basement. Dozens of outgoing congressional members are making room for newly-elected representatives.

Seventeen Oberstar staffers are depending on cell phones and laptops as they wrap up work during the last month of the current Congress. They’re busy destroying constituent cases in Minnesota’s Eighth District, as required by congressional officials. Constituent files that haven’t been resolved are shredded under privacy regulations. Constituents have been told to contact incoming Rep. Chip Cravaack or Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.

After serving 36 years in Congress, Oberstar was voted out of office last month.

Cravaack tells the Duluth News Tribune he tried to call Oberstar. But, staff say Oberstar was on vacation at the time.

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  • Mark from MNtaxwaste

    So long to one of the biggest tax spenders in the country. This guy was all about tax and spend, and was in it for himself, and a the unions, not the average joe. Please don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  • Patrick

    Tax and spend beats borrow and spend or back door fee increases. Remember that your property tax went through the roof because of 8 years of T-Paw. learn something that does not come from talk radio for once.

    • Leslie

      I totally agree with you Patrick.

    • Mark from MNtaxwaste

      You might want to revisit who controlled both houses before you make a foolish statement like that. It’s politics, give and take, do or die, or you can drink the koolaid. My guess you will drink some more. mark@mntaxwaste.com

  • TC

    I think it is really sad that Mr. Oberstar is unwilling to “help, us the people out” by speaking to Mr. Craavack and sharing with him the knowledge and wisdom that he should have. He appears to be showing that it truly was the right decision to vote him out if that is the type of person that he truly is. I really respected Mr. Oberstar and his service to us until this point. It really is a very sad ending for him by his own choice.

    • Mr Bill

      I’m glad he’s making Crack-Vac do his own legwork!

  • M. from E

    He’s a crybaby…

  • Dan

    Change is good, Unfortunately Oberstar will do everything in his power to make it painful – showing his true colors.

  • rmsmkm

    They’re busy destroying constituent cases in Minnesota’s Eighth District, as required by congressional officials.

    This is required by congressional officials, this is not a vendetta .

  • Bob

    If he could only take daytton with him…..

  • Bruiser

    And Michelle and …gawds akmighty the mucker Emmer…. oh wait a minute. That group of skunks are GOP’ers. me bad

  • Dave Seavy

    In some ways, I think it’s best that he doesn’t share his experience and wisdom. We voted for change, and the newbies need to come in with a fresh attitude and way of doing things. Passing down the old ways goes only to ensure that the old ways never truly die out.

  • Brian

    We’ll all see how the new guy does, with no experience. You voted for change and you’re going to get it. It just won’t be good. Losing Oberstar is a loss that won’t only be felt by the 8th district, but by the whole state of MN and many other states in the union. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democratic or Republican, you will soon realize, if you haven’t already, what a big loss this truly is.

    • Mark from MNtaxwaste

      @Brian The loss you talk about is the loss of money he would have taken out of our pockets for wasteful spending.

  • Flat Earth Society

    @ Brian – wasn’t OBAMA new…..LOL…. Didn’t he promise CHANGE. Yeah you betcha – High unemployment, family’s loosing their homes, family’s struggling to feed and clothe their children. Hummmmm? Glad we have the good guys back in charge and its an honor to live in the 8th district.

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