October 7, 2010

OBER AND OUT:

Long-serving Minn. Rep. Oberstar faces real race (MARTIGA LOHN, 10/07/10, AP)

While Oberstar remains the favorite, Republican Chip Cravaack has an appealing profile that includes Navy experience, a union past as a Northwest Airlines pilot and far more campaign cash that most of Oberstar’s past rivals.

The GOP newcomer is reaching out to conservative blue-collar Democrats and independents in the mining towns and forest outposts of northeastern Minnesota. [...]

Oberstar, who is known for bringing home road and infrastructure projects while leading the House transportation panel, isn’t the only Democratic committee chairman under political pressure.

Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri, Natural Resources Chairman Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Budget Chairman John Spratt of South Carolina also face serious challenges, although their districts aren’t as reliably blue as Oberstar’s.

John Dingell of Michigan — the longest-serving House member in history — also faces a political fight, and David Obey opted to leave his Wisconsin seat without one after nearly 42 years, opening a stiff competition to succeed him.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2010 5:59 AM
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