Duluth Councilman Will Challenge Rep. Cravaack

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Duluth city councilman Jeff Anderson said Wednesday he plans to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in Minnesota’s 8th District, saying Cravaack’s tea party views don’t fit the area.

Anderson announced his run in a news release, saying he’s been hearing from many residents, including some who voted for Cravaack, who are not impressed with the way the conservative freshman has represented them since unseating 18-term Democrat Jim Oberstar in November.

In an interview, Anderson said Cravaack and other lawmakers aligned with the tea party movement are “willing to give the wealthiest Americans a free ride” while putting the burden of balancing the budget and fighting wars overseas on middle-class Americans. He said the focus needs to be on creating jobs and encouraging economic development in northeastern Minnesota.

Anderson, 34, a small business owner and radio sales executive in Duluth, is originally from Ely. He is the second Democrat to formally announce a challenge to Cravaack.

Former state Sen. Tarryl Clark said earlier this month she planned to move from St. Cloud to Duluth so she could run against him. She tried unsuccessfully to unseat GOP U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in the 6th District last year.

A Cravaack spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The 8th District covers northeastern Minnesota, including Duluth and the Iron Range, and extends south toward the outer fringes of the Twin Cities metro area. It had been considered a Democratic stronghold, but it’s not clear whether it will retain its present form for the 2012 election.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a redistricting map passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature that would have put Cravaack, who lives in Lindstrom, into a new GOP-friendly 7th District and created a new 8th across the northern third of Minnesota, where Democratic U.S. Rep Collin Peterson would have been the incumbent. The redistricting process is expected to end up in the courts, as it usually does.

Anderson said courts haven’t made major changes to the 8th District in the past.

“To take on an incumbent like congressman Cravaack, any congressional candidate has to start early. We don’t have time to wait around until potentially February to see what the courts do,” Anderson said.

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  • bones

    He hasn’t even been in office a year and alread so many people wanting him gone. Good luck Chip.

    • chimpcraak

      Chimp will be out after one term, like so many of these teabag lunitics all around the country.

  • JR

    First Taxin’ Tarryl moves to Duluth (2.5hrs away from her husband) to run. We call that forum shopping. Now some lame duck Duluth city counselor wants to run. He must be sick of trying to fix Duluth’s messes that he wants to try his hands at something else. Mayor Ness would have a better shot than this Anderson character – he was atleast groomed for it.

    • jp

      Yep…Tarrydactyl Clark will flock to wherever her political ambitions will give her the best chance. After she loses this time we may see her move to Chicago or Detroit for yet a better chance. She is so concerned about the people from her district that she will persevere there until she wins…oh wait…no, she’ll just move to a new district.

  • Jennie

    I hope he runs on his record or Duluths record for that matter. They are bankrupt and have been for a while. The states been keeping them afloat. They have driven many a business out of the area because of taxes and the largest employer is the city and next is the air base which may leave. These yahoos only objective is to get re-elected every year.

  • Howard from the Iron Range

    Cimp will lose. To anybody who runs against him from the DFL.

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