DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An Iraq war veteran and former staffer to U.S. Sen. Al Franken is joining the Democratic race to unseat freshman Republican Chip Cravaack in northern Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

The Duluth News Tribune reports Wednesday that Daniel Fanning served in Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard. He tells the newspaper he’s seen a lack of enthusiasm among Democrats for their other choices.

They are Jeff Anderson, a Duluth City councilman; Tarryl Clark, a former state senator who ran in the 6th District in 2010 and recently moved to Duluth; and Rick Nolan, who was a congressman in the 1970s.

In 2010, Cravaack unseated long-time Democratic Congressman Jim Oberstar. Fanning says he’s running not just to reclaim the seat but to improve the lives of its residents.

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Comments (5)
  1. gdog says:

    People up on the range are getting more educated and learning that throwing more money at everything doesn’t solve anything. They appreciate what Chip is doing and don’t want to continue down the tired old road Oberstar lead them.

    1. Jake says:

      Agreed. It’s pretty difficult to look at that area and suggest that the old policies have served the area well. Perhaps the district will figure out how to reduce the governmental back-slapping and begin attracting business and population again. It’s too beautiful an area to have been down for so long.

  2. b says:

    when you look at the iron range you see what oberstar is doing is working now you come to the cities it s all messed up there the reason why this state is messed up so you worthless city people get a clue especially if your a guy your worthless you wear a suit get a clue your not a guy your a worthless your better off calling yourself a chick if your a guy and you wear a suit and tie your a worthless your making all guys look bad good job you worthless city guys

  3. G Dog says:

    Chip is a chimp.

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