Former DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar has suggested in the past that he probably won’t run for the seat he lost to GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2010. But there is buzz among DFLers in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District that he could make that run. The reason: An article that recently ran in the The Duluth Labor World has this headline:
“Jim Oberstar: Don’t close the door on anything.”
The story centered around Oberstar’s recent lunch with 40 members of the region’s trade meeting but it appears he may have received some cajoling from some long-time supporters.
“When he sat to eat his lunch, Retired Sheet Metal Worker George Sundstrom stood and said, “when you were speaking it was evident, you haven’t lost a thing. What would it take to get you to run again?”
With a smile Bill Richards, who has worked with Oberstar since 1981, placed a comforting hand on Jean Oberstar’s shoulder as she appeared mortified by the prospect of him running for Congress again. Oberstar had told the press earlier, “I don’t think I’ll run again.”
He knew he couldn’t get away that easily with Sundstrom. “:Let’s not close the door on anything,” Oberstar answered. Former Duluth Central Body Chair Sundstrom led the applause.”
Question of the Day: Should Oberstar give it another run?