Oberstar backs Nolan for Congress

From MPR’s Dan Kraker…

Longtime DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar endorsed Rick Nolan today in his bid to unseat GOP freshman incumbent Chip Cravaack. Cravaack beat Oberstar two years ago by fewer than five thousand votes. In accepting the endorsement today at the Minnesota Mining Museum in Chisholm, Nolan said Oberstar’s endorsement matters even though he lost the last election.

“He lost it because Democrats got complacent,” Nolan said. “94,000 of them didn’t show up for the election and having traveled throughout this district, a number of things become clear. One is the enormity of respect that people in this district have for Jim Oberstar.”

Nolan served in Congress representing a different Minnesota district from 1975 to 1981. He won the DFL endorsement last month. But he has two challengers in September’s Democratic primary: former state senator Tarryl Clark, and former Duluth city councilor Jeff Anderson.

  • Joe Begich

    On the day Nolan begs the range to support him, Jeff Anderson announced that a half dozen more range mayors have endorsed his campaign. Oberstar may be Nolan’s only range vote (if he even still votes here).