Yesterday, the Mesabi Daily News, with the biggest circulation of any newspaper on the Iron Range, endorsed Chip Cravaack’s run for re-election. This time, their endorsement was filled with enthusiasm:
Two years ago we endorsed then Rep. Jim Oberstar for re-election to a 19th term. We are glad we were wrong.
Today we are proud to give our endorsement in the 8th District congressional race to Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack over Democratic Party challenger Rick Nolan.
This is a big deal. It wouldn’t have been had they backed Nolan. Endorsing Nolan would’ve just been the Mesabi Daily News endorsing another liberal. By endorsing Chip this time, they made news. In fact, this might be the first time their endorsement didn’t go to the DFL candidate. This time, their endorsement was done enthusiastically. This time, it wasn’t done while their editorial board held their noses:
We do so wholeheartedly, unlike our modest and lukewarm backing of former Congressman Oberstar in 2010. At that time Oberstar was able to cite his experience and seniority in a Democratic-controlled House as priorities for his re-election, even as he took pot shots at constituents who dared to disagree on issues such as global warming, calling them “flat-Earthers.”
The Mesabi Daily News’ endorsement editorial contains a positive case for why their readers should support Chip Cravaack:
But the first-term congressman has more than earned our endorsement with his commitment to the 8th District on jobs, especially in the Iron Range’s No. 1 industry, mining. And, regarding the copper/nickel/precious metals initiatives in the region, he has been a stalwart public advocate for those projects, using his elective position of influence to do more than just provide lip service of support for them, but to actually get things done in a positive way.
No longer do 8th District residents have to get patted on their heads and hear “things are being done behind the scenes” on these issues, which was Oberstar’s style. We are all now a party to the debate and discussion, and that is most welcome indeed. And it also helps keep pressure, in a very supportive way, for nonferrous projects, which have been stymied by too much political indifference to government regulatory intransigence that has harbored preservationist groups and individuals at the cost of jobs on the Iron Range, revenues for the state and the mining of strategic metals for the nation.
Unlike their endorsement of Jim Oberstar, the board’s endorsement of Chip is filled with praise. This time, their endorsement is filled with verifiable proof that Chip Cravaack has kept his promises to his constituents on the Range. In 2010, Chip promised he’d push for approval of the PolyMet and Twin Metals projects. He’s kept both promises. It isn’t his fault he’s fighting against the DFL’s anti-mining environmentalists and the EPA.
In 2010, a bond formed between Chip Cravaack and the miners. He’s fought for them. That isn’t just opinion. It’s verifiable fact:
Yet Nolan and his supporters have tried to, in a rather bizarre fashion, label Cravaack as a congressman who is responsible in some way with the closing of the Georgia Pacific plant in Duluth and a loss of about 140 jobs. But a former worker at the facility made it clear on Friday that Cravaack battles for jobs in the district.
“While no one is pleased with the closing of the Georgia Pacific, I find it offensive that Rick Nolan is trying to score political points over people losing their jobs. I’ve discussed the closing with Chip Cravaack personally and I know Chip Cravaack will continue to fight to bring jobs back to the 8th District,” said Steve Mickelson, a Duluth Georgia-Pacific employee.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Chip Cravaack has plenty of cross-party appeal:
And we believe Rep. Cravaack will do just that. After all, he didn’t win with a 4,000-plus vote majority based solely on GOP votes. Quite the opposite was true. There were a lot of Democrats who had grown weary and restless with the party’s higher-ups, including union leaders, in the district treating them as if they were sheep to be led to the polls and vote as instructed.
That paragraph should get the DFL’s attention. They’ve taken the Iron Range for granted. The Twin Cities DFL, in fact, is dramatically different than the miners on the Iron Range. If the DFL continues being a metro-centric party that caters to Alida Messinger’s agenda, they’ll have increasing difficulty in MN-8