One is the loneliest number

Minnesota Eighth District Rep. and porkmeister Jim Oberstar is an 18-term incumbent running against Republican Chip Cravaack for reelection. As we have noted previously, Cravaack is an outstanding candidate running a strong race in a heavily Democratic district. Support Cravaack here.
In his 18 terms in office, Oberstar has had lots of time to build up grassroots support that is as broad as it is deep. With Oberstar’s third quarter FEC report now on file, Politico reports that Oberstar in fact has precisely one individual resident donor in the district: “Jane Robbins of Pine City gave Oberstar $500 on Aug. 22.” Oh, sweet Jane!
The NRCC’s Tom Erickson notes that Oberstar is actually a Maryland resident and comments: “With Jim Oberstar making only infrequent visits to Minnesota, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that this career politician finds himself without much support back ‘home.'”

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