Chip Cravaack scored the biggest upset of 2010 when he beat entrenched Democrat Jim Oberstar in Minnesota’s 8th District. Cravaack’s constituents like his pro-mining, pro-economic growth policies, but he is anathema to environmental extremists and the Democrats are coming after him hard this year. I attended a lunch for Cravaack yesterday and donated to his campaign; we followed up with this interview:
The 8th, which encompasses northeastern Minnesota, including Duluth and the Iron Range, has long been a union stronghold. Cravaack’s military background as a Navy pilot and his history as a leader of the airline pilot’s union opened doors for him in the district; he is a hard-working Congressman and has a good shot at re-election. Chip’s American Conservative Union rating for 2011 was 88%, so he is winning with a solidly conservative approach to the issues. If you would like to donate to Chip’s campaign–please do!–go here.